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Marabout (AMc 50)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Zebra - Fox

Accentor Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 20 December 1940 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, RI
  • Launched 17 February 1941
  • Commissioned USS Marabout (AMc 50), 8 July 1941 under the command of LTJG Henry M. Larsen, USNR
  • Decommissioned 29 May 1946 at Boston, MA and transferred to the Maritime Commissio n
  • Sold 31 July 1946 to the City of Boston for service as a fireboat and renamed James F. McTighe after a Boston Fire Fighter killed in WWII
  • Taken out of service in 1972 and sold to Caribbean interests for $5,600.00.
  • Acquired in 1975 by James E. Blumenthal of Key West, FL for use as a yacht and renamed Rhinoceros
  • Operated in 1978 under the Panamanian flag
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 200 t.
  • Length 97' 1"
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 400bhp Superior K. N. B. diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Marabout 118k

    Marabou Stork (Navy misspelled it with a 't') - A large stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer) native to sub-Saharan Africa, whose wings and tail feathers was used in millinery.

    Tommy Trampp
    Marabout (AMc-50)
    Marabout 135k c. 1941
    Wire photo
    Marabout 135k Off Boston Navy Yard, 07 June 1941.
    Boston Navy Yard photos 1179-41 and 1181-41
    Stephen P. Carlson
    Preservation Specialist
    Boston National Historical Park
    Charlestown Navy Yard
    Marabout 131k
    178k A view of mine warfare pier activity with the coastal sweeper USS Marabout (AMc-50), taken in the Tidewater Virginia area, 02 August 1941.
    Photo by George Strock, Life Magazine. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
    John Chiquoine
    Fire Boat James F. McTighe
    Marabout 340k c. Early 1960s
    Captain John P. Brooks, Boston Fire Department standing at the aft water cannon with USS Wasp (CVS 18) in the background.
    Cristine Brooks, Granddaughter of Captain Brooks
    Marabout 124k c. June 1962
    Passing Castle Island, Boston
    ©Richard Leonhardt

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Hans M. Larsen, USNR8 July 1941
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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