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Goshawk (IX 195)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Victor - William

Goshawk Class Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1919 as the steel hull trawler Eckmuhl by the Foundation Shipyard, Savannah, GA for the French Navy
  • Acquired by Mr. W. F. Henningsen of Seattle, WA and renamed Penobscot
  • Acquired by the Navy 3 September 1940 and began conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper, AMc-4 at the Winslow Marine Corp., Winslow, WA
  • Renamed Goshawk 16 October 1940
  • Reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-79, 25 November 1940
  • Commissioned USS Goshawk (AM 79), 3 March 1941
  • Conversion to minesweeper completed 20 March 1941
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-195, 10 October 1944 and used for transporting supplies to Aleutian areas
  • Decommissioned 1 August 1945 at Seattle and placed in service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 7 May 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 3 January 1946
  • Sold in 1946 to Alvin T. Davies of Tacoma, WA and renamed Bering Sea
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 585 t.
  • Length 150'
  • Beam 25'
  • Draft 10' 3"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    Removed when converted to IX-195
  • Propulsion: One 450shp New London Ship and Engine Co. (Nelsco) diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Goshawk 37k Namesake: Goshawk - A large, short-winged hawk noted for its powerful flight, activity, and courage Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 April 2020
    Goshawk 237k Original photo: c. 1941
    Replacement photo: c. 1941
    Photo by "Ships and Aircraft" from the 1943/1944 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Allan David Curtis, USNR3 March 1941 - 12 February 1943
    02LT Paul Peter Stewart, USNR12 February 1943 - 25 July 1943
    03LTJG John Joseph O'Donnell, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 194225 July 1943 - March 1944
    04LTJG Samuel F. Teague, Jr., USNRMarch 1943 - June 1944
    05LT Henry B. Hopper, USNRJune 1944 - 1 August 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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