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Yacht Polaris prior to conversion into a Naval ship
Photo by the Bainbridge Studio, Port Blakely, Washington
National Archives photos 19-N-24223 and 19-N-24224 from the Naval History and Heritage Command website
Photos added 15 August 2021
|USS Amber (PY 6)|
Amber - A hard, translucent fossil resin which is normally yellowish to brownish in color. Since it can be highly polished, amber is used as a gem
|67k||Off Seattle, WA in No. 5 "Navy gray" in 1941. Amber had been built originally for actor John Barrymore. Note her 3-inch gun forward, and two depth charge tracks aft, as well as her designation PYc 6, at the bow
National Archives photo 80-G-456631 from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|Original photo: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
|137k||Photographed circa March 1941, by the Bainbridge Studio, Port Blakely, Washington
National Archives photos 19-N-24225 and 19-N-24227
|MY Thea Foss|
In West Sound, off San Juan Island, WA
Amber was assigned to the Inshore Patrol of the 13th Naval District and, from May until early August, operated around Seattle, Tacoma, and Port Townsend, Wash. The patrol craft left Seattle on 6 August on a cruise to Alaska, and visited Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka, before returning to Seattle early in September.
In November, the ship was assigned to patrol duty at Astoria, Oregon., and patrolled the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Neah Bay, Washington, under the control of the Northwest Sea Frontier Patrol Group.
Amber was decommissioned on 18 October 1944 and her name was struck from the Navy list on 13 November 1944. The ship was sold back to her former owners on 13 June 1945.
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