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ex-Heath Hen (AMc 6)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Queen - Baker

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1936 as Noreen by A. D. Storey, Fairhaven, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 October 1940
  • Converted to a Coastal Minesweeper and placed in service as USS Heath Hen (AMc 6), 20 January 1941
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat, C-13538 in June 1944
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold 10 May 1948
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 94' 4"
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 16
  • Propulsion: One diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Heath Hen 137k

    Heath Hen - A black grouse

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 21 December 2021
    Kestrel 168k c. 1941
    USS Kestrel (AMc 5) and USS Heath Hen at a Tidewater, Virginia shipyard
    Life magazine photo by George Strock
    John Chiquoine

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