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Egret (IX 181)
ex-Egret (AMc 24)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Mike - Roger

Stera call sign (1948):
King - King - Oboe - Xray

Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The first Egret was laid down in 1937 as the fishing vessel Julia-Eleanor by the J. L. Snow Shipyard, Rockland, ME
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 November 1940
  • Placed in service as USS Egret (AMc 24), 10 June 1940
  • Reclassified as a Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-181, 17 July 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 17 June 1946 for disposal
  • Acquired in 1946 by Manuel C. DeMello of New Bedford, MA for use as a fishing boat and renamed Jacintha
  • Registered in 1948 to Joseph Campanelli of San Francisco, CA as the fishing boat Stera
  • Acquired in 1958 by Sofus Mortensen of Fairhaven, MA
  • Sank in a collision with the trawler Swallow 30 May 1959, about 10 miles off Boston, MA.


  • Displacement 110 t.
    166 t.
  • Length 90' 2"
    1948 - 96.6'
  • Beam 20'
    1948 - 21.2'
  • Draft 10'
    1948 - 11'
  • Speed 8.7 kts.
  • Complement 17
    1948 - Seven
  • Armament: One 20mm mount and two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 300shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Fishing Vessel Julia Eleanor
    Julia Eleanor 45k Julia Eleanor, U.S. Fishing Vessel. Photographed circa 1937-40. Before conversion to USS Egret (AMc 24)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101964
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Egret (AMc 24)
    Julia Eleanor 189k

    A bird of the heron family known for the beauty of its plumage

    Tommy Trampp
    Egret 84k 8 July 1941
    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1979
    U.S. Navy photo NH 89218
    Naval Historical Center

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