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Reedbird (AMc 30)

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Dog - Mike

Fearless call sign (1948):
William - Oboe - Sugar - Fox

Reedbird Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1935 as the purse-seiner Fearless by Al Larson Boat Shop, Inc., Terminal Island, CA for Paul Biazevich and Anthony "Tony" Marincovich of San Pedro, CA
  • Purchased by the Maritime Commission 16 November 1940
  • Transferred to the Navy 18 November 1940
  • Converted to Naval use at Campbell Machine at San Diego, CA
  • Renamed Reedbird, 30 December 1940
  • Placed in service as USS Reedbird (AMc 30), 29 April 1941
  • Placed out of service 14 January 1946 at San Diego
  • Struck from the Naval Register 7 February 1946
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for disposal 8 November 1946 and returned to her owners
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the WSA as October 1946
  • Registered in 1948 to Tony Marinkovich of San Pedro as the fishing boat Fearless
  • Acquired in 1950 by the French Sardine Co. of California, Terminal Island, CA and renamed Star-Kist
  • Operated out of Iquique, Chile in 1954 as the Chilean fishing boat Coloradol
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 223 t.
    1948 - 127 t>
  • Length 87' 5"
    1948 - 78.7'
  • Beam 23' 10"
    1948 - 23.1'
  • Draft 10' 3"
    1948 - 11'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 17
    1948 - 13
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 250bhp Enterprise C diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Reedbird 66k
    Namesake:

    Reedbird - A bobolink

    Tommy Trampp
    Reedbird 62k Jon Burdett

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