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Tapacola (IX 230)

Call sign:
Nan - William - George - Love

Accentor Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 10 January 1941 by Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME
  • Launched 3 June 1941
  • Commissioned USS Tapacola (AMc 54), 20 September 1941 under the command of LTJG Russell E. Fitzpatrick, USNR
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary IX-230, 10 August 1945
  • Decommissioned 28 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 29 October 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1947
  • Acquired in 1948 by Tiger Island Boats, Inc. of Morgan City, LA and used a a tugboat
  • Acquired in 1952 by Nelson Brothers Towing of Citronelle, AL
  • Acquired in 1956 by United River Service of New Orleans, LA
  • Scrapped in 1967.


  • Displacement 275 t.
  • Length 98' 5"
  • Beam 23' 7"
  • Draft 10' 8"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 450bhp Fairbanks-Morse 35-F-14 diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Tapacola 59k Naval History and Heritage Command photo NR&L(M) 30701 from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Robert Hurst

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