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ex-Shearwater (AMCU 40)
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LCI(L)-898 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large) / AMCU-7 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):Laid down 22 September 1944 by the New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, NJLaunched 18 October 1944Commissioned USS LCI(L)-882, 25 October 1944Decommissioned 15 May 1947Reclassified LSI(L)-882, 28 February 1949Named Shearwater and reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-40, 7 March 1952Conversion to AMCU canceled in January 1954Reclassified back to LSIL-882, 1 July 1954Struck from the Naval Register 12 July 1956Fate unknown.
LCI Specifications:Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 t.(loaded)Length 158'Beam 23' 8"Draft, Light 3' 1½" mean, Landing, 2' 8" forward, 41' 10" aft, Landing, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aftSpeed 14.4 kts.Complement 40Troop Capacity 188Cargo Capacity 75 tonsArmor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot houseEndurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts, loaded, 500 miles at 15 knots; and 110 tons of fuelArmament: Five 20mm guns and two .50 cal. machine gunsFuel Capacity, 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.Propulsion: Two sets of four 2,320shp General Motors 6051-71 diesel engines, four per shaft, General Motors single reduction gear, two shafts.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:Shearwater - Any of numerous oceanic birds related to the petrels and albatrosses that usually skim close to the waves in flight.LCI(L)-882 was laid down on 22 September 1944 by the New Jersey Shipbuilding Co. at Barber, N.J.; launched on 18 October 1944; and commissioned on 25 October 1944.LCI(L)-882 reported for shakedown on 31 October 1944 and thereafter remained in the United States. She was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 15 May 1947 and berthed with the Florida Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Fla. Reclassified LSI(L)-882 on 28 February 1949, she was nominated for conversion to a coastal minesweeper equipped with underwater object locating equipment in October 1950. On 7 March 1952, LSI(L)-882 was designated Shearwater (AMCU-40). Her conversion to a mine hunter was cancelled in January 1954, and she remained out of commission in Florida. Effective 1 July 1954, she reverted to LSIL-882, having never served under the name, Shearwater.
On 11 July 1956, LSIL-882 was certified as not essential to national defense, and her disposal was authorized on 12 July 1956. LSIL-882 was struck from the Navy list on that same date.
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