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Captor (PYc 40)



Captor call sign:
Nan - Xray - Zebra - Fox

ex-Eagle (AM-132)


Eagle Class Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1938 as the steel hull trawler M/V Harvard by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA for the General Sea Foods Corp. of Boston, MA
  • Renamed M/V Wave
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 January 1942
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 8 January 1942 at the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Renamed and designated Eagle (AM 132), 11 January 1942
  • Conversion completed 28 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS Eagle (AM 132), 5 March 1942
  • Fitted out as a "Q" ship, reclassified as a Patrol Yacht (Coastal), PYc-40 and renamed Captor 18 April 1942
  • Decommissioned 4 October 1944 at Boston, MA and transferred to the War Shipping Administration
  • Struck from the Naval Register 10 October 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 21 February 1945 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 520 t.
  • Length 133' 7"
  • Beam 26' 1"
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 47
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount, two .50 cal. machine guns and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: One 650shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft.

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    Captor 403k c. August 1944
    Seen here fitted out as a "Q" ship
    National Archives photo 80-G-245463
    Tracy White

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Lester Francis Rogers, USNR5 March 1942
    02LT Eric Albert Carlson, USNR13 January 1943
    03LCDR Lester Francis Rogers, USNR12 March 1943
    04LT Eric Albert Carlson, USNR3 April 1943 - 4 October 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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