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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

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Courtesy of Don McGrogan

Widgeon (MSC-208)

Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 3 May 1954 as AMS-208 by Bellingham Shipyards, Inc., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 15 October 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-208, 7 February 1955
  • Commissioned USS Widgeon (MSC-208), 16 November 1955
  • Decommissioned 10 October 1969 at Long Beach, CA and placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Navy Register 2 July 1973
  • Scrapped in June 1974.


  • Displacement 412 t.
  • Length 145'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 12.8 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: One 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Widgeon 68k Coming alongside Warbler (MSC 206) Paul Wamsley
    Warbler 169k Moored outboard of Warbler Anthony Mongi
    Warbler 60k C. 1962
    The ships of Mine Division 32. Warbler (MSC 206), Widgeon, Gannet (MSC 290), Whippoorwill (MSC 207) and Woodpecker (MSC 209)
    Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    Widgeon 124k c. 1969-70
    Operation "Market Time," off Vung Tau, Vietnam
    Coming alongside USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) for replenishment.
    Photo by William P. Jones, MD, USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Bruce Goodwin Stone, USN16 November 1955 - 1957
    02LCDR Carl Thor Hanson, USN - Retired as Vice AdmiralMarch 1959
    03LCDR George Wilmot Davis, Jr., USN - Retired as Vice Admiral.
    04LCDR Arthur St. Clair Wright, USN1964 - July 1966
    05LT John Robert Dalrymple, Jr., USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralJuly 1966 - 1968
    06LT Julian Edward Minard, USN1968 - 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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