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Prestige (AMc 97)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Dog - Item

Acme Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 May 1941 by Anderson and Cristofani, San Francisco, CA
  • Launched 16 August 1941
  • Placed in service 23 December 1941
  • Commissioned USS Prestige (AMc 97), 15 December 1944
  • Decommissioned 24 June 1946 at San Diego, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 July 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 7 November 1947
  • Sold in 1953 to Captain Harley Brown, renamed Broughton Straits and towed to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Acquired in 1954 to the Dola Towing Co., Ltd of Vancouver and named Johnstone Straits
  • Acquired in 1970 by Jenille K. Bradly of Seattle, WA and renamed Itbokus Strait
  • Acquired in 1978 by Terrie H. Hillgardner of Sausalito, CA and renamed Broughton Straits
  • Acquired in 1981 by Straits Towing, Ltd. of Vancouver
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 228 t.
  • Length 97' 1"
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 9' 1"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 400bhp Enterprise DMG-6 diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Prestige 47k Johnstone Straits Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Charles A. Lavelle, USNR15 December 1944 - 1945
    02LT John A. Gordon, Jr., USNR1945 - 24 June 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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