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Dour (MSF 223)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - Kilo

Dour served the Navies of the United States and Mexico

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 October 1942 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio
  • Launched 25 March 1944
  • Sponsored by Mrs. W. R. Douglas
  • Commissioned USS Dour (AM 223), 4 November 1944
  • Damaged in a collision 20 June 1945 with Device (AM 220) off Okinawa
  • Decommissioned 15 March 1947 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists out of commission, in reserve as December 1945
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-223, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1962
  • Transferred to Mexico 1 October 1962 and renamed DM-16 (E 6)
  • Reclassified ID-16 in 1979
  • Struck from the Mexican Naval list in 1986
  • Retired from the Mexican Navy in August 1988
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one twin 40mm gun mount, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge projector (hedgehog), four depth charge projectors (K-guns), and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,710shp Cooper Bessemer GSB-8 diesel engines, National Supply Co. single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Dour (AM 223)
    Dour 110k Under construction Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Dour (AM 223)
    Dour 369k David Wright
    Dour 121k Original photo: 18 December 1944
    U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: Dour (AM 223) starboard side view at Boston on 18 December 1944, wearing Measure 32/22d camouflage scheme
    National Archives photo 80-G-382800, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in WWII
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    ARM DM-16 (E 6)
    Dour 45k c. 1966 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Vandiver Byrd, USNR4 November 1944 - 31 October 1945
    02LTJG Donald David Wenger, USNR10 November 1945
    03LT Herbert Birnbaum, USNR30 January 1946
    04LT Robert Henry Mudd, USNR6 May 1946
    05LT Arthur Louis Witten, USNR11 July 1946
    06LCDR Edmund Hamilton Gentry, USNR11 September 1946 - 15 March 1947
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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