Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Kingbird (IX 176)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Charlie - Sugar

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Kingbird was built in 1939 as Governor Saltonstall by the James Shipyard, Essex, MA
    (DANFS listed builder as Quincy Drydock and Yacht Co., Quincy, MA)
  • Acquired by the Navy 26 December 1940
  • Placed in service as USS Kingbird (AMc 56), 24 July 1941
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-176, 10 July 1944 for use as a sound barge training ship
  • Placed out of service 28 July 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal 7 June 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 206 t.
  • Length 96' 7"
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 7'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Armament: Two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 250shp Superior diesel engine, one shaft.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Governor Saltonstall
    Kingbird 203k Under construction Justin Demetri
    Essex Shipbuilding Museum, Essex, MA
    USS Kingbird (AM 56)
    Kingbird 202k c. 1941
    Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81375
    Mike Green
    Photo added 7 December 2019

    View the Kingbird (AMc 56)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Back to the Main Photo Index Back to the Mine Warfare Ship Photo Index Back to the Coastal Minesweeper (AMc) Photo Index Back to the Auxiliary Ship Photo Index Back to the Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary Ship (IX) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History