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Frigate Bird (AMc 27)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Dog - Queen

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Frigate Bird was built in 1935 as Star of San Pedro by the Harbor Boat Building Company, Terminal Island, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 30 November 1940
  • Placed in service as USS Frigate Bird (AMc 27), 30 January 1941
  • Placed out of service 27 April 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 27 November 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1945
  • Acquired in 1945 by Peter Martin of San Pedro, CA for use as a fishing boat and renamed Star of San Pedro
  • Acquired in 1963 by John G. Marovich of San Pedro and renamed Reliant
  • Foundered 21 December 1967, 12 miles southwest of San Clemente Island, CA.


  • Displacement 112 t.
  • Length 81'.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Star of San Pedro
    Frigate Bird 145k Fishing the West Coast
    USS Frigate Bird (AMc 27)
    Frigate Bird 13k

    Frigate Bird - A long-winged, web-footed sea bird, noted for its graceful and long-range flight

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 15 December 2021
    Frigate Bird 219k c. May 1941
    Off Seattle, WA
    National Archives photo 19-N-23987
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John M. Wyckoff, USN30 January 1941 - March 1942
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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