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Endurance (AMc 77)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Baker - Easy

Accentor Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Endurance was laid down 14 April 1941 by the Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL
  • Launched 19 June 1941
  • Placed in service 11 October 1941
  • Placed out of service 6 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal 7 July 1947
  • Operated under the Mexican flag in 1948 as Carmelita
  • Acquired 12 December 1949 by Carlelita Brands, Inc. of Houston, TX for use a a fishing boat
  • Acquired 27 February 1950 by John L. Eppler of Houston and renamed Capitan
  • Acquired in 1953 by Henry Cateora dba Brazos Fisheries of Port Isabel, TX
  • Acquired in 1967 by Hunter Flores of Brownsville, TX
  • Scrapped in 1968.


  • Displacement 205 t.
  • Length 97' 1"
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 9' 1"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 400bhp Superior K.N.B. diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Endurance 59k Minesweeper AMc 77 takes shape in her builders’ yard, Jacksonville, 25 April 1941, eleven days after keel-laying
    Bureau of Ships photograph in the National Archiveso
    Robert Hurst
    Endurance 41k Running builders’ trials, 7 October 1941, painted in No.5 Navy Gray with black-shadowed white identification numbers, and displaying the Mine Force insignia (clockwise: blue, red, and white, with a black center and surrounding ring). At that point, she did not carry any armament
    Bureau of Ships photograph 19-LCM-25829 in the National Archives
    USS Endurance (AMc 77)
    Endurance 30k After fitting-out at Charleston, 27 October 1941, now carries two .30 caliber machine guns on the deckhouse amidships as well as sweep gear
    Bureau of Ships photograph 19-LCM-25728 in the National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Endurance 38k The second plaque (the first having been lost in transit) sent by the surviving crewmen of the tanker Esso Bolivar to the men of Endurance in appreciation for their rescue on 8 March 1942
    National Archives photo 80-G-68666
    Endurance 27k Endurance arrives at Guantanamo to disembark Esso Bolivar’s crew, 8 March 1942
    U.S. Navy photograph 80-CF-1053 in the National Archives
    Endurance 42k The recipients of the gratitude of Esso Bolivar’s survivors (L-R): Endurance’s CMoMM Copeland, EM3c Kilheeny, OC2c Kinion, BM1c Kasper, EM1c La Gory, MoMM1c Clabo, and CMoMM Drain, April 1943
    National Archives photo 80-G-68667

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Horace G. Stevens, USNR - Awarded Letter of Commendation (1944)11 October 1941 - March 1942
    02ENS Donald L. Edwards, USNR1943
    ??LT Fletcher Harold Herrald, III, USNR - Retired as Commander
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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