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Waxbill (AMc-15)

Call sign:
November - India - Quebec - Whiskey

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1936 as the wooden-hulled purse seiner Leslie J. Fulton by F. L. Fulton, Antioch, CA
  • Purchased by the Navy 19 November 1940 for eventual conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper
  • Commissioned as USS AMc-15, 26 November 1940
  • Named Waxbill 27 November 1940
  • Decommissioned 20 January 1941 and entered General Engineering and Drydock Co., Alameda, CA for conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper
  • Recommissioned and placed in service 19 February 1941
  • Decommissioned 12 September 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 14 October 1944
  • Transferred 6 January 1945 to the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration and sold to her original owner, F. L. Fulton
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 195 t.
  • Length 83' 2"
  • Beam 20' 11"
  • Draft 5'
  • Depth of Hold 10'
  • Speed 10 kts
  • Complement 11
  • Armament: One .30 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Purse Seiner Leslie J. Fulton
    Leslie J. Fulton/Waxbill 71k Photographed prior to her Navy service
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 102017
    Naval Historical Center
    Leslie J. Fulton/Waxbill 94k Photographed prior to her Navy service
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 102018
    USS Waxbill (AMc 15)
    Waxbill 43k

    Waxbill - A bird of the weaverbird family that has a bill with a waxy appearance; many, such as the Java sparrow, the amadavat, and the strawberry finch, are "cage" birds

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 11 December 2021
    Waxbill 29k 14 July 1941
    U.S. Navy photo
    Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII

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