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Shoveler (MSF-382)

Call sign:
November - India - delta - Hotel

Shoveler served the Navies of the United States and Peru.

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 April 1944 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, AL
  • Launched 10 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Shoveler (AM-382), 22 May 1945
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 5 November 1946 at San Pedro, CA and placed in reserve in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned 24 July 1951
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-382, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned and placed in reserve 28 September 1956 at San Diego, CA in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Loaned to Peru under the Military Assistance Program 1 November 1960 and renamed Diez Canseco (MSF-69)
  • Permanently transferred to Peru 1 May 1974
  • Struck from the Navy Register 17 May 1974
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 1"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 117
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two single 40mm gun mounts, six single 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (k-guns) and two depth
    charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766shp General Motors 12-278A diesel electric drive engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Shoveler (AM 382)
    Shoveler 43k Namesake: Shoveler - Any of a genus (Spatula) of River ducks, so called from the large broad bill, especially Spatula Clypeata prevalent in the Northern Hemisphere Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 1 May 2020
    Shoveler 64k Joe Radigan
    Shoveler 50k Tommy Trampp
    Shoveler 127k c. 1946 Mike Willmann
    Shoveler 110k
    Shoveler 163k c. 1946
    Port side bridge wing
    Shoveler 90k c. 1946
    Port side bridge wing and flag bags
    Shoveler 67k c. 1946
    Port side 40mm mount
    Shoveler 112k Photographed circa 1951-52, shortly after she was recommissioned for Korean War service.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96910
    Naval Historical Center
    Defense 73k 8 October 1952
    Laertes (AR-20) at Sasebo, Japan, with nine minesweepers and a harbor tug alongside. Ships nested to left of Laertes are (from left): Impeccable (AM-320); Gladiator (AM-319); Shoveler; Defense (AM-317) and Devastator (AM-318). Those nested to right are (from left): Condor (AMS-5); Kite (AMS-22); Curlew (AMS-8); Chatterer (AMS-40) and Wallacut (YTB-420)
    National Archives photo 80-G-63229
    Diez Canesco (MSF-69)
    Shoveler 53k Namesake: Pedro Diez Canseco Corbacho (January 31, 1815 in Arequipa, Peru April 3, 1893 in Chorrillos, Peru) was a Peruvian soldier and politician who served as Interim President of Peru on three occasions: 1863, 1865 and 1868. He served as the second vice president from October 1862 to 1863 Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 1 May 2020
    Shoveler 61k Peruvian Navy photo from the 1961/1962 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships" Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Edwin Howard Jones, Jr., USNR22 May 1945 - 19 November 1945
    02LT Aaron Andrew Brumbach, II, USNR19 November 1945 - 22 January 1946
    03LCDR Victor Delano, USN22 January 1946 - June 1946
    04LCDR Harvey Earl Toponce, USN25 July 1951 - 1952
    05LCDR Christopher Joseph Casserly, USN1952 - 1954
    06LCDR Carl Raymond Quanstrom, Jr., USN1954 - 28 September 1956
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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