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Hazard (MSF-240)

Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Oscar - Alpha

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 20 February 1944 by Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Co., Winslow, Washington
  • Launched 21 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Hazard (AM-240), 31 October 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 27 July 1946 at Galveston, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-240 7 February 1955
  • Sold in 1968 for private Oceanographic work
  • Turned into a museum ship in 1971 at Freedom Park, Omaha, Nebraska.


  • Displacement 945 t.(fl)
  • Length 184' 6"
  • Beam 33'
  • Draft 9' 9"
  • Speed 14.8 kts.
  • Complement 104
  • Armament: One 3"/50 cal. dual purpose mount and two 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Hazard (AM 240)
    Hazard 35k Box cover of 1/125 Scale USS Hazard Navy Mine Sweeper Plastic Model Military Ship Kit by Lindberg Tommy Trampp
    Hazard 226k c. August 1945
    Buckner Bay, Okinawa
    From the collection of Curtis Tibbals
    Duane Gallagher
    Hazard 261k Original photo: U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: Photo issued by the USS Hazard Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, in about 1972. Note that this photo is actually one of Hazard's sisters, and has had its hull number retouched to represent the AM-240
    Courtesy of the USS Hazard Museum
    U.S. Navy photo NH 75893
    Original photo: Brian M. Kirchhoff
    Freedom Park, Inc.
    Replacement photo: Naval History and Heritage Command
    Museum Ship Hazard
    Hazard 75k
    Hazard 45k 31 May 2004
    Memorial Day
    Duane Gallagher
    874k The last Admirable Class Minesweeper Hazard (AM-240) in a land environment. Photo & text courtesy of
    580k WARSHIPS IN NEBRASKA: Missouri River flood, 2019. The Hazard (AM-240) and Marlin (SST-2) appear here on the flooded river plain. Photo & text courtesy of Nati Harnik.(A.P.) via

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Curtis Benjamin Tibbals, USNR31 October 1944 - 26 October 1945
    02LT Howard Erle Carlson, USNR26 October 1945 - 23 November 1945
    03LTJG Ernest William Boley, Jr., USNR23 November 1945 - 17 February 1946
    Courtesy of Duane Gallagher, R. A. Moody, Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Tonya Carlson

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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