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AMCU-1 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):

  • Laid down 20 May 1944 by the Darby Products and Steel Plate Corp., Kansas City, KS
  • Launched 18 June 1944
  • Placed in service as LCT(6)-887, 24 June 1944
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-3, 10 March 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1947
  • Registered in 1948 to the Bristol Bay Tug and Lighterage Service of Naknek, AK as the freighter Fajen (The name Fajen is an acronym for the first names of the original owners of the vessel: Fred Grindle, Sr. of Egegik, AK; Andrew Johnson of Cordova, AK; Jack Hately of Bethel, AK; Elmer Nicholson of Dillingham, AK and Nick Shanigan of Chignik, AK
  • Registered in 1954 to the Lemuel G. Wingard Packing Co. of Seattle, WA as the freighter Fajen
  • Registered in 1956 to Herman Herrmann of Levelock, AK as the freighter Fajen
  • Registered in 1980 to Dennis E. Wagner of Anchorage, AK as the freighter Fajen
  • Out of documentation in 1984
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 143 t.
    1949 - 174 t.
  • Length 119' 1"
    1949 - 100.2'
  • Beam 32' 8"
    1949 - 32'
  • Draft 3' 9"
    1949 - 5.1'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 21
    1949 - Nine
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: Three 675bhp Gray Marine 6-71 diesel engines, three shafts.
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    AMCU-3 59k Fajen
    Photo courtesy of Violet Willson
    The Canneies, Cabins and Caches of Bristol Bay, Alaska website

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