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Ruff (AMc 59)



Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Mike - How



American Belle call sign:
King - Able - Able - Nan

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1940 as Hull No. 251 by the Martinolich Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA
  • Named Speaker
  • Acquired by the Navy 31 December 1940
  • Renamed Ruff and designated AMc 59, 5 March 1941
  • Launched 24 April 1941
  • Placed in service 31 October 1941
  • Placed out of service 23 January 1946 at San Diego, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 7 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 29 August 1947
  • Registered in 1949 to Manuel Betencourt of San Diego, CA as the fishing boat American Belle
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 307 t.
    1949 - 199 t.
  • Length 98' 6"
    1949 - 91.3'
  • Beam 24'
    1949 - 24.3'
  • Draft 11' 1"
    1949 - 10.9'
  • Speed 10 kts
  • Complement 17
    1949 - 13
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 465bhp Superior L. D. P. diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Ruff 75k
    Namesake:

    Ruff - A common Eurasian sandpiper

    Tommy Tramp

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