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Flamingo (IX 180)
ex-Flamingo (AMc 22)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Peter - George

Flamingo Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down in 1940 as the fishing dragger, Harriet N. Eldridge by Morse Shipyard, Thomaston, ME
  • Acquired by the Navy 12 November 1940
  • Placed in service as USS Flamingo (AMc 22), 6 June 1941
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-180, 17 July 1944
  • Placed out of service 10 December 1945
  • Struck from the Navy Register 8 January 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in June 1946
  • Acquired in 1946 by Isaac C. Norton of Edgartown, MA for use as a fishing boat
  • Acquired in 1956 by Flamingo, Inc. of Fairhaven, MA
  • Burned on 5 November 1970 in the North Pacific at 4755'N, 12230'W.


  • Displacement 199 t.
  • Length 93' 4"
  • Beam 19' 4"
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount, one 20mm mount and two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 180shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Harriet N. Eldridge
    Flamingo 81k Photographed soon after completion, c. 1940
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96309
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Flamingo (AMc 22)
    Flamingo 40k Namesake: Flamingo - A long-legged aquatic bird Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 February 2020
    Flamingo 120k c. 1944
    Off Cape May, NJ
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Leonard Scott Bailey, USNR - Retired as Rear Admiral, USNR-R6 June 1941 - February 1942
    Courtesy Ron Reeves

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