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Sandpiper (MHC 38)
ex-Sandpiper (AMCU 38)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Echo - Tango

LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large)/AMCU-7 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):

  • The second Sandpiper was laid down as LCI(L)-1008, 29 April 1944 by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, TX
  • Launched 27 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-1008, 19 June 1944
  • Decommissioned 5 August 1946 at New Orleans, LA
  • Reclassified as a Landing Ship Infantry (Large), LSIL-1008, 28 February 1949
  • Named Sandpiper and reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-38, 7 March 1952
  • Conversion began 15 April 1953 at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC
  • Conversion completed 5 November 1953
  • Commissioned Sandpiper (AMCU 38), 7 October 1953
  • Transferred to the Charleston Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet in 1954
  • Reclassified a Coastal Mine Hunter, MHC-38, 7 February 1955
  • Removed from service 1 January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
  • Acquired in October 1960 by the Miami Power Squadron, Inc. of Miami Beach, FL
  • Out of documentation in 1974
  • 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 two officer, 21 enlisted; Troop Capacity, six Officers, 182 Enlisted
  • Cargo Capacity 75 tons
  • 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; and 110 tons of fuel
  • Armament: Four 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Fuel Capacity, 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
  • Propulsion: Two sets of four 200bhp General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, four per shaft, two variable pitch propellers.
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    USS LCI(L)-1008
    LSI(L)-1008 235k From left to right; USS LCI(L)-634, USS LCI(L)-626, USS LCI(L)-625 and USS LCI(L)-1008 beached while discharging personnel probably during a training exercise, (note personnel not in combat gear) Al Patterson for his father Harold Lee Patterson, RDM3/c, USS LCI(L)-624
    USS Sandpiper (AMCU 38)
    Sandpiper 39k Namesake: Sandpiper - A shore bird related to the plovers and snipes Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 10 April 2020

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