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Chachalaca (AMc 41)



Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Peter - Victor

Accentor Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 December 1940 by the Bristol Yacht Building Co., South Bristol, ME
  • Launched 11 June 1941
  • Placed in service 11 September 1941
  • Placed out of service 4 January 1946
  • Stricken from the Navy Register 8 May 1946, sold to Evald Sooder of Miami, FL and was physically delivered the same day
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 224 t.
  • Length 97' 1"
  • Beam 22' 6"
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 400shp Atlas 6HM 2124 diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Chachalaca
    Chachalaca 90k
    Namesake:

    Chachalacas are galliform birds from the genus Ortalis. These birds are found in wooded habitats in the far southern United States (Texas), Mexico, and Central and South America. They are social, can be very noisy and often remain fairly common even near humans, as their relatively small size makes them less desirable to hunters than their larger relatives. As agricultural pests, they have a ravenous appetite for tomatoes, melons, beans, and radishes and can ravage a small garden in short order. They travel in packs of six to twelve. They somewhat resemble the guans, and the two have commonly been placed in a subfamily together, though the chachalacas are probably closer to the curassowsuly

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 December 2021
    Chachalaca 132k 28 July 1941
    Chachalaca at her building yard
    Bureau of Ships photo 19-LCM-24954 from the National Archives
    Mike Green
    USS Chachalaca (AMc 41)
    Chachalaca 72k 21 October 1941 Robert Hurst
    Caracara 200k 10 August 1942
    Trinidad
    Chachalaca and Caracara (AMc 40) moored alongside a pier. Chachalaca appears to be in Measure 12 camouflage scheme where Caracara seems to be in Measure 12 (mod) camouflage scheme. Both vessels appear to display an aerial recognition feature; a vertical white band that extends from the main deck to the top of the pilot house
    National Archives photo 80-G-451543
    Mike Green

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