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ex-Puffin (AMc 29)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Dog - Mike

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1936 as Mary Jane by I. L. Snow and Co., Rockland, ME for the Mary Jane Co. of New Bedford, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 November 1940
  • Commissioned as USS Puffin (AMc 29), 2 May 1941 under the command of LTJG Odber R. McClean, Jr., USN
  • Decommissioned 18 February 1944
  • Reclassified as a Small Boat C-13546, 12 June 1944
  • Removed from service 18 February 1945 at Norfolk, VA
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration 20 April 1945 and sold to her former owner
  • Acquired later in 1945 by the Savannah Bar Pilots of Savannah, GA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 29 July 1947
  • Acquired 26 November 1952 by John Lawson of Hampton, VA and renamed Sea Hawk
  • Acquired in 1972 by Sea Hawk, Inc. of Hampton
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 225 t.
  • Length 90' 2"
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 10' 6"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Armament: Four .50 cal. machine guns.
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    Puffin 59k

    Puffin - A sea bird with short neck and deep grooved laterally compressed bill

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 16 December 2021
    Puffin 123k 26 May 1941
    Off the Boston Navy Yard
    National Archives photos 19-N-24208, 19-N-24209 and 19-N-24210
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Puffin 126k
    Puffin 129k

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