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Bunting (AMc 7)

Sunk 3 June 1942

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Bunting was built in 1935 as Vagabond by the Martinac Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 October 1940
  • Renamed Bunting 6 November 1940
  • Converted to a Coastal Minesweeper by the Campbell Machine Co. of San Diego, CA
  • Placed in service as USS Bunting (AMc 7) 6 June 1941 at the Destroyer Base San Diego, under the command of ENS Paul H. McBride, USNR
  • Sunk 3 June 1942 after a collision with USS PC-569 off Point Diablo, San Francisco Bay, CA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 24 June 1942.


  • Displacement 115 t.
  • Length 79' 3"
  • Beam 21' 6"
  • Depth of hold 9' 6"
  • Speed 8.5 kts.
  • Complement 16
  • Armament: Two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Diesel, one shaft.
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    Bunting 36k

    Bunting - A seed eating bird intermediate in size between starlings and finches

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 9 December 2021
    Bunting 193k c. June 1941
    Underway soon after conversion by the Campbell Machine Co. Yard of San Diego, California
    National Archives photo 19-N-24597
    Mike Green
    Bunting 154k c. July 1941
    Off San Diego, CA
    National Archives photo 19-N-24596

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