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ex-Humming Bird (AMc 26)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - King - George

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Humming Bird was built in 1936 as Whaling City by the Morse Shipyard, Thomaston, ME
  • Acquired by to the Navy, 30 October 1940
  • Placed in service as USS Humming Bird (AMc 26), 12 June 1941
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat C-13548, 12 June 1944
  • Placed out of service 18 February 1944 at New York
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold
  • Acquired in 1945 by the Fishing Vessel Whaling City, Inc. of New York
  • Acquired in 1956 by the Whaling City Fishing Corp. of Fairhaven, MA
  • Acquired in 1963 by the Sea Breeze Fishing Corp. of New Bedford, MA and renamed Sea Breeze
  • Acquired in 1967 by the Wilton Trawler Corp. of Seaford, VA
  • Foundered 11 November 1977 about 10 miles South Southwest of Mount Desert Rock, ME.


  • Displacement 162 t.
  • Length 91'
  • Beam 200'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 9 kts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Whaling City
    Humming Bird 421k Shown before Naval service in World War II, hauled out for repairs
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102584
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Humming Bird 212k Shown before Naval service in World War II
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102585
    Humming Bird
    Humming Bird 46k

    Humming Bird - One of a family of small, brilliantly colored, nonpasserine birds

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 14 December 2021

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