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Metha Nelson (IX-74)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Papa - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Wooden-hulled sailing schooner:
  • Built in 1896 by Hans D. Bendixsen, Eureka, CA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 11 June 1942, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Converted for Naval service by Craig Shipyard, Long Beach, CA.
  • Assigned to the 11th Naval District at Los Angeles, CA.
  • Placed in service 25 September 1943
  • Placed out of service, 25 September 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • Returned to the War Shipping Commission a week later
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, 7 October 1946, at San Pedro, CA. buyer may have been Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 464 t.
    Length 156'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 11' 9"
    Speed 7.5 kts
    Complement unknown

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    Metha Nelson 200k Metha Nelson (IX-74) off Los Angeles harbor, CA., 1943-45, while serving as harbor entrance control vessel. Prior to the war, she played HMS Bounty in the film Mutiny on the Bounty. Description: Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85181
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    Metha Nelson (IX-74)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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