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Crossbill (AMc 9)

Call sign:
Nan - Item - Jig - William

North Star call sign (1948):
William - Peter - Nan - How

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Crossbill was built in 1937 as North Star by Chris Hansen, Los Angeles, CA for Anton Vlastelica of San Pedro, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 31 October 1940
  • Commissioned USS Crossbill (AMc 9), 22 March 1941
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 7 February 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in March 1947
  • Registered in 1948 to Frank Breskovich of San Pedro as the fishing boat North Star
  • Acquired later in 1948 by Tony Russo of San Pedro and renamed Conte Di Savoia III
  • Registered as Andrew D, 2 March 1953
  • Burned 13 November 1953 about 5 miles off Point Dume, CA.


  • Displacement 213 t.
    1948 - 116 t.
  • Length 81' 6"
  • Beam 22' 3"
  • Draft 9' 4"
    1948 - 8.2'
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 17
    1948 - 13
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 260bhp Western APB diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Crossbill 148k

    A crossbill is a finch whose curved mandibles cross each other

    Tommy Trampp
    Crossbill 52k U.S. Navy photo Jon Burdett
    Crossbill 187k Courtesy of Mr. Robert Varrill
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 78611
    Mike Green

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