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Warbler (ARS 11)

Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Roger - Xray

USSB call sign (1927):
Mike - Boy - William - Fox

ex-Warbler (AM 53)
ex-Warbler, Minesweeper No. 53

Call sign (1919):
George - Boy - Fox - Nan

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 April 1919 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 20 July 1919
  • Commissioned USS Warbler, Minesweeper No. 53, 22 December 1919
  • Designated AM-53, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 16 June 1923 and transferred, on loan, to the United States Shipping Board (USSB) for use as a "wrecking" ship and homeported in Philadelphia, PA
  • Reclassified as a Salvage Ship, ARS-11, 13 September 1941
  • Designated for disposal 29 March 1946
  • Declared surplus 13 January 1947
  • Struck from the Navy Register 10 June 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in August 1947
  • Sold 1 December 1948
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 950 t.
    1927 - 750 t.
  • Length 187' 10"
    1927 - 181.6'
  • Beam 35' 5'
  • Draft 9' 9.5"
    1927 - 16.3'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 85
    1927 - 26
  • Armament: None
    1941 - 20mm mount or smaller
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox 200psi boilers, one Harlan and Hollingsworth Corp.1,200shp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    USS Warbler (Minesweeper No. 53)
    Warbler 22k Namesake: Warbler - A small, brightly colored songbird Tommy Trampp
    Warbler 727k c. 1919
    Warbler (ARS 11)
    Warbler 727k Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-85, LCI(L)-86 with LCI(L)-91 and LCI(L)-350 nested with others at Trumbo Point, Key West, Florida. Warbler is moored outboard of Willet (ARS 12) on the left and the Stevedoring Barge, YS-103 is in the right foreground
    Photo from the Wright Langley Collection courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries
    Robert Hurst
    Warbler 197k Replacement photo: 11 June 1943
    Photographed by a blimp based at Weeksville, NC
    National Archives photo 80-G-71276 from
    Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Daniel Joseph O'Connell, USN22 December 1919 - 16 June 1920
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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