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Chatterer (AMc 16)



Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Nan - Fox

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Chatterer was built in 1936 as Sea Breeze by the Harbor Boat Building Company, Terminal Island, CA for Sea Breeze of Terminal Island, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 November 1940
  • Placed in service as USS Chatterer (AMc 16), 20 November 1940
  • Placed out of service 12 September 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 14 October 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in May 1945
  • Acquired in 1945 by Krist Gradis of San Pedro, CA for use as a fishing boat and renamed Sea Breeze,
  • Acquired in 1946 by Eugene N. Banich of San Pedro
  • Acquired in 1949 by Katherine Marevich of Fontana, CA
  • Renamed Southland 13 March 1951
  • Foundered 24 September 1960 about 15 miles from Anacapa, Island, CA.

    Specifications:

  • Length 83'
  • Propulsion: Diesel, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Chatterer 66k c. 1937
    San Francisco, CA
    http://historicfishing.smugmug.com/History/California-Seiners2/i-H6SkBCS

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