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Blue Jay (MHC 17)
ex-Blue Jay (AMCU 17)



Call sign:
November - Papa - Quebec - Echo

ex-LSI(L)-654
ex-LCI(L)-654



Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Item - Baker

AMCU-7 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):

  • Laid down 15 June 1944 by the New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, NJ
  • Launched 18 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-654, 28 July 1944 under the command of LTJG Ralph E. Grassmuck, USNR
  • Decommissioned 18 July 1946
  • Reclassified as a Landing Ship Infantry (Large), LSI(L)-654, 28 February 1949
  • Named Blue Jay and reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-17, 7 March 1952
  • Conversion to AMCU-17 began 21 September 1953 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
  • Conversion completed 5 April 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minehunter, MHC-17, 7 February 1955
  • Removed from service 1 January 1960
  • Blue Jay was never commissioned
  • Acquired in 1961 by the Alaska Navigation and Trading Co., Inc. of Seattle, WA and renamed Alaska Trader
  • Acquired in 1963 by Pan-Alaska Fisheries, Inc. of Seattle
  • Acquired in 1970 by the IDS Leasing Corp. of Minneapolis, MN and renamed Vic Hansen
  • Acquired in 1978 by Pan Alaska Fisheries, Inc. Kodiak, AK
  • Acquired in 1988 by the Marine Maintenance Corp. of Federal Way, WA and renamed Pacific Clipper
  • Acquired in 1995 by Svend Asp of Cordova, AK and renamed James A
  • Out of documentation in 2002
  • Fate unknown.

    LCI Specifications:

  • Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 t.(loaded)
  • Length 158' 5½"
  • Beam 23' 3"
  • Draft, Light 3'1½" mean, Landing, 2' 8" forward, 41'10" aft, Landing, 5'4"forward, 5'11" aft
  • Speed 16 kts. (max.), 14 kts. maximum continuous
  • Complement 23
  • Troop Capacity 188
  • Cargo Capacity 75 t.
  • Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
  • Endurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts, loaded, 500 miles at 15 knots
  • Armament: Four 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Eight 800bhp General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, four per shaft, two shafts, variable pitch propellers.
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    Blue Jay 63k Contributed by Don Scott in memory of his Father John K. Scott, Sr. who served during WWII aboard the LCI(L)-654 Robert G. Morrissey
    Blue Jay 52k
    Blue Jay 94k LCI(L)-654, LCI(L)-1003 and LCI(L)-703
    Contributed by Don Scott in memory of his Father John K. Scott, Sr. who served during WWII aboard the LCI(L)-654
    Blue Jay 138k Crew photo
    John K. Scott, back row center
    Contributed by Don Scott in memory of his Father John K. Scott, Sr. who served during WWII aboard the LCI(L)-654
    Blue Jay 116k Crew photo
    Commanding Officer, front row center
    Contributed by Don Scott in memory of his Father John K. Scott, Sr. who served during WWII aboard the LCI(L)-654

    There is no DANFS History currently available for Blue Jay (AMCU 17)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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