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ex-Blue Jay (AMc 23)

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1936 as Charles S. Ashleyby Wilbur Morse Shipyards, Thomaston, ME
  • Acquired by to the Navy 5 November 1940 from John G. Murley of Fairhaven, MA
  • Renamed Blue Jay and classified as a Coastal Minesweeper, AMc-23, 22 November 1940
  • Converted to a minecraft at George Lawley and Sons, Neponset, MA
  • Placed in service as USS Blue Jay (AMc 23), 22 June 1941
  • Converted to a Diving Tender, YDT-6, 22 May 1944 at the Boston Navy Yard and assigned to the 1st Naval District (Boston, MA)
  • Placed out of service 15 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal in December 1946
  • Acquired by her previous owner 20 December 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 185 t.
  • Length 93' 4"
  • Beam 19' 4"
  • Draft 9' 6"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 16
  • Armament: Two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 193shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Blue Jay - A bird common to North America, whose plumage is chiefly bright blue

    Tommy Trampp

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