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Sprig (MSF 384)

Call sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Hotel

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 February 1944 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 15 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Sprig (AM 384), 4 April 1945
  • Decommissioned in June 1954 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull). MSF-384, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1972
  • Sold for scrap 20 December 1973 to the Southern Scrap Material Co., Ltd. of New Orleans, LA.


  • 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 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), 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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    Size Image Description Source
    Sprig 336k Photo courtesy of Cwaters32 Robert Hurst
    Sprig 165k 12 April 1945, at Lorain, Ohio wearing camouflage 33a/1M. The colors are light gray and ocean gray
    National Archives photos BS 81956 and BS 81957 from the Bureau of Ships collection
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Sprig 180k
    Sprig 81k 3 May 1945 Robert Hurst
    Sprig 128k Moored inboard of YMS-442, YMS-419, YMS-220 and YMS-468
    From the collection of Joseph Richard who served in 1945 in Sprig
    Joe Richard, Jr.
    Sprig 174k Port side view of Sprig
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 108832
    Mike Green
    Sprig 81k Venice, Italy Mario A. Canevaro
    Sprig 211k c. 1951/1952
    Sprig 211k c. 1952
    Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas William Cross, USN4 April 1945
    02LT Robert Francis Hellring, USNR27 September 1945
    03LT Robert Herman Fay, USNR3 October 1945
    04LCDR Melvin James Carpenter, USN26 December 1945
    05LT Richard Arthur Burgdorf, USN6 October 1947
    06LT Fred William Pump, USN2 April 1948
    07LT Richard Arthur Burgdorf, USN2 May 1948
    08LTJG Robert Daniel Warren, USN2 July 1948
    09LT William Calhoun Singletary, USNApril 1949 - January 1950
    10LCDR Robert Owen Mink, USNRJanuary 1950 - August 1951
    11LT J. W. Hansell, USNRAugust 1951
    ??LCDR Robert H. Fay, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R.A. Moody

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