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USCGC Amethyst (WPYc 3)
ex-USS Amethyst (PYc 3)

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Dog - Dog

Amethyst served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1931 as the yacht Samona II by Craig Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA
  • Purchased by the Navy 4 November 1940
  • Commissioned USS Amethyst (PYc 3), 27 February 1941
  • Decommissioned 2 February 1944
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 10 March 1944 and commissioned USCGC Amethyst (WPYc 3)
  • Decommissioned 27 February 1946 at San Diego, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 March 1946
  • Transferred 11 September 1946 to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold to Samuel K. Rindge of Los Angeles, CA and renamed Samona II
  • Sold in the early 1950s to David P. Hamilton of Shreveport, LA and renamed Pudlo
  • Sold in 1961 to Norman A. Manning of Miami, FL and renamed Explorer
  • Sold in 1962 to Clarence Y. Martin of Houston, TX
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 350 t.
  • Length 146' 9"
  • Beam 23' 6"
  • Draft 11'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 46
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 600hp Winton diesel engines, two shafts.

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    MY Samona II
    Amethyst 104k . .
    USS Amethyst (PYc 3)
    Amethyst 252k c. February 1941
    National Archives photo 80-G-457673
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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