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Spectacle (AM 305)

Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Uncle - Oboe

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 May 1943 by Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 1 October 1943
  • Commissioned 11 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 19 October 1945 at Seattle, WA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 5 December 1945
  • Sold for scrap in April 1947 to the Northwest Merchandising Service of Toledo, WA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the War Shipping Administration in May 1947.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Spectacle 193k 8 August 1944
    Associated Shipbuilders photo from the collection of Gordon Bullitt "Tex" Williams, Wyoming Veterans Museum
    John Goss
    Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum
    Casper, WY
    Spectacle 207k Photo from the collection of Gordon Bullitt "Tex" Williams, Wyoming Veterans Museum
    Spectacle 97k Outside of Seattle wearing camouflage 32/21D on 8 August 1944. The vertical colors are dull black and light gray
    National Archives photo 19-LCM-AM305-1
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Gordon Bullitt Williams, USNR11 June 1944 - 19 October 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, R. A. Moody and John Goss

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