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Owl (AT[O] 137)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Roger - Dog


Call sign (1924):
Nan - Able - Cast - Sail

ex-Minesweeper No. 2

Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Sail - Rush

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 October 1917 by the Todd Shipyard Co, New York, NY
  • Launched 4 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Owl, Minesweeper No. 2, 11 July 1918
  • Designated AM-2, 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Tug, AT-137, 1 June 1942
  • Reclassified as an Ocean Tug (Old), AT(O)-137, 15 May 1944
  • Decommissioned 26 July 1946 in the 13th Naval District (Puget Sound)
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Sold for scrap 27 June 1947 to Pacific Metal and Salvage Co. of Norland, WA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for transfer to the War Shipping Administration as July 1947.


  • Displacement 950 t.
    1944 - 1,350 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
  • Beam 35' 6"
  • Draft 10' 3"
    1944 - 13' 1"
  • Speed 14 kts.
    1944 - 11.2 kts.
  • Complement 62
    1944 - 75
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 mounts and two machine guns
    1944 - Two 3"/50 dual purpose mounts and four 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, triple expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft
    1944 - Two 200psi saturated steam Babcock and Wilcox header boilers, one 1,400shp Harlan and Hollingsworth vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine.

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    USS Owl (AM 2)
    Owl 76k Namesake: Owl - A nocturnal bird of prey Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 4 February 2020
    Owl 32k Hyperwar U.S. Navy in World War II
    Owl 206k c. 1921
    Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    Owl in the left foreground, three unidentified Dreadnoughts with "Blimps" in operation and an unidentified Minesweeper on the right
    Bureau of Medicine photo 14-0076-024
    Michael G. Rhode
    Owl 373k c. June 1925
    Off Hampton Roads, Virginia
    National Archives photo 80-G-452974 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Owl 133k c. 1939
    Atlantic side entrance to the Panama Canal
    Copy by M. M. Vaydanich, EM3, USS Owl
    Ron Reeves
    Owl 76k c. 1940 Robert Hurst
    Owl 96k U.S. Navy photo from the 1943/1944 edition of Janes Fighting Ships Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in World War II
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    USS Owl (AT 137)
    Owl 100k Off the Lamberts Point Docks, Norfolk, Va., on 1 January 1943. Unlike many of her sisters this ship did not have the original height of her smokestack reduced early in World War II
    National Archives photo 19-N-40506
    Mike Green
    USS Owl (AT[O] 137)
    Owl 45k Submitted by Craig Rothhammer to National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Owl 117k Entering Cherbourg harbor, France, towing two barges loaded with engineer equipment, 18 July 1944. She was the first ship carrying supplies to enter Cherbourg harbor after its liberation from the Germans
    U.S. Army Signal Corps photo SC 193943 by Reshovsky from the Signal Corps collection in the National Archives. Naval History and Heritage Command photo from
    Robert Hurst
    Owl 111k Underway near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 17 April 1945. Her armament forward has been reduced to one 3"/50 gun in a smaller gun emplacement
    National Archives photo 19-N-98017 from

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Charles Bradford Babson, USN11 July 1918 - 10 October 1918
    02LT August Charles Steinbrenner, USN10 October 1918 - 22 March 1919
    03LT Melvin Chase Kent, USN22 March 1919 - 6 June 1921
    04LT Alfred Doucet, USN6 June 1921 - 28 October 1923
    05LT Niels Drunstrup, USN28 October 1923 - 19 June 1925
    06LT Raymond St.Clair Beckel, USN19 June 1925 - 31 August 1925
    07LT Laurie Charles Parfitt, USN31 August 1925 - 2 January 1928
    08LT Maurice Ambrose O'Connor, USN2 January 1928 - 28 June 1929
    09LT Harry LeRoy Thompson, USN28 June 1929 - 9 April 1932
    10LT Andrew Mack Parks, USN9 April 1932 - 7 July 1932
    11LT Francis Dow Hamblin, USN7 July 1932 - 1 June 1934
    12LCDR Clyde Charlie Laws, USN1 June 1934 - 30 June 1937
    13LCDR Walter Coler Holt, USN30 June 1937 - 4 June 1939
    14LT Marshall Barton Gurney, USN4 June 1939 - 1 March 1940
    15LCDR Charles Guequierre Rucker, USN1 March 1940 - 24 April 1942
    16LT Frederick George Coffin, USN24 April 1942 - 14 April 1943
    17LT Adnah Neyhart Caldin, USN14 April 1943 - 4 December 1943
    18LTJG Samuel David Tuttle, USN4 December 1943 - 11 December 1943
    19LT James Carlton Wilson White, USN11 December 1943 - 22 April 1944
    20LT Samuel David Tuttle, USN22 April 1944 - September 1944
    21LT John Hugo Thomas, USN1 August 1944 - 1 September 1945
    22LTJG Walter Lewis Barker, USN1 September 1945 - 26 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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