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Cockatoo (AMc 8)

Call sign:
Nan - Item - Jig - Dog

Vashon call sign (1948):
William - Peter - Mike - Oboe

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1936 as Vashon by the Seattle Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Seattle, WA
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 October 1940
  • Commissioned USS Cockatoo (AMc 8), 25 April 1941
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 23 September 1946
  • Registered in 1948 to Andrew Vidovich of San Pedro, CA as the fishing boat Vashon
  • Foundered 23 July 1949 about 3 miles west of Catalina Island, CA.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 185 t.
    1948 - 131 t.
  • Length 88'
    1948 - 79.2'
  • Beam 23' 4"
  • Draft 8' 11"
    1948 - 10'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 17
    1948 - 12
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 240bhp Atlas 4HM 2124 diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Cockatoo 57k
    Namesake:

    Cockatoo - A parrot found almost exclusively in Australia

    Tommy Trampp
    Cockatoo 65k Jon Burdett
    Cockatoo 246k 13 May 1941
    Off San Diego, CA
    National Archives photo 19-N-24600
    Mike Green

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