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YP-166 call sign:
Nan - Able - Zebra - Able

ex-Nightingale (AMc 18)

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1934 as Majestic by the Al Larson Boat Building Co., San Pedro, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 November 1940
  • Commissioned USS Nightingale (AMc 18), 31 January 1941
  • Converted to a District Patrol Craft, YP-166 in May 1941
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists reclassification date as January 1942
  • Decommissioned 14 October 1944 and struck from the Naval Register
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in July 1945 and returned to her owner, the Western Boat Building Co. of Tacoma, WA
  • Acquired in 1945 by Arthur W. Nyquist of Seattle, WA for use as a fishing boat and renamed Majestic
  • Acquired in 1947 by John B. Jorgensen of Seattle
  • Stranded 12 August 1956 approximately 12 miles from Pualle Bay, Shelikoff Strait, AK.


  • Displacement 197 t.
  • Length 83' 2"
  • Beam 19' 6"
  • Draft 9' 5"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Diesel, one shaft.
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    Nightingale 67k

    Nightingale - Any of several small European thrushes noted for sweet nocturnal song

    Tommy Trampp
    Photos added 31 December 2021
    Nightingale 198k c. May 1941
    Off Tacoma, Washington
    National Archives photos 19-N-23980, 19-N--23981 and 19-N--23981 from the Bureau of Ships collection 23980, 23981 and 23982
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Nightingale 191k
    Nightingale 179k
    Nightingale 85k With only her mast showing above the surface of the Columbia River after having struck a buoy near the Columbia River bar on 26 December 1941. She was raised and repaired, serving as a training craft in Puget Sound until October 1944.
    Photo from "Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast" by James A. Gibbs. Photo by Captain Loring Hyde
    Mike Green

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