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Tapacola (IX 230)
ex-Tapacola (AMc 54)

Call sign:
Nan - William - George - Love

Accentor Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 10 January 1941 by Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME
  • Launched 3 June 1941
  • Commissioned USS Tapacola (AMc 54), 20 September 1941 under the command of LTJG Russell E. Fitzpatrick, USNR
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary IX-230, 10 August 1945
  • Decommissioned 28 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 29 October 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in April 1947
  • Acquired in 1948 by Tiger Island Boats, Inc. of Morgan City, LA and used a a tugboat
  • Acquired in 1952 by Nelson Brothers Towing of Citronelle, AL
  • Acquired in 1956 by United River Service of New Orleans, LA
  • Scrapped in 1967.


  • Displacement 275 t.
  • Length 98' 5"
  • Beam 23' 7"
  • Draft 10' 8"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One .50 cal. machine gun
  • Propulsion: One 450bhp Fairbanks-Morse 35-F-14 diesel engine, one shaft.
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    Tapacola 108k

    Tapacola - A small bird of Chile and Argentina, having short rounding wings and short tail feathers carried erect

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 28 December 2021
    Tapacola 89k Original photo: Naval History and Heritage Command photo NR&L(M) 30701 from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Replacement photo:

    On the humble minesweeper falls duties which are at the same time drab and dangerous. Small in size, comparatively slow, the minesweeper must still take its place in the van of every important amphibious operation. Out in front of the land-sea force, at the mercy of enemy guns and planes, the plodding little craft performs the all-important task of sweeping the off-shore waters of enemy mines--running interference for the sluggers and transports. The high-speed minesweepers work with the fleet. The remaining types--motor minesweepers, coastal minesweepers and fleet minesweepers--have tasks that are less glamorous but equally as vital: sweeping for convoys, and patrolling our own coastal waters.

    She looks unromantic, but the TAPACOLA, an AMc, or coastal minesweeper, has an important job to do--and she does it well.
    U.S. Navy photo 00R-43642, Released 14 November 1943

    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Tommy Trampp

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