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Knave (MSF 256)

Call sign:
November - Golf - Papa - Yankee

Knave served the Navies of the United States and Mexico.

Admirable Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 23 October 1942 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH
  • Launched 13 March 1943
  • Commissioned USS Knave (AM 256), 14 October 1943
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as December 1945
  • Decommissioned 1 May 1946 at Orange, TX
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-256, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 2 October 1962, sold to Mexico and renamed ARM DM-13
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Alexander Malcolm White, USNR14 October 1943 - 1944
    02LT William Howard Glenn, Jr., USNRJune 1944 - 10 July 1945
    03LT Harold Charles Hyde, USNR10 July 1945 - 9 October 1945
    04LT Ferdinand Powell, Jr., USNR9 October 1945 - 19 December 1945
    05LT Thomas Robert Crouch, USNR19 December 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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