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Albatross (MSC 289)

Albatross Class Coastal Minesweeper:

  • The sixth Albatross was laid down 26 February 1959 by Tacoma Boat Building Co., Inc., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 26 March 1960
  • Sponsored by Mrs. S. A. Peters
  • Commissioned 20 April 1961
  • Decommissioned 1 April 1970 at Sasebo, Japan and struck from the Naval Register the same day
  • Sold for scrap in November 1970 to Kitajima Shokai Co., Ltd. of Sasebo, Japan.


  • Displacement 320 t.
  • Length 144'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • Armament: Two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Four 6-cylinder Harnischfeger diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Albatross 82k Namesake: Albatross - Any of the large, web-footed sea birds related to petrels Tommy Trampp
    Albatross 95k 26 March 1960
    The tug Drew Foss assists after launching
    Tacoma Boat Building Co., Inc.
    USS Albatross (MSC 289)
    Albatross 96k c. 1962 Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR, Ret.
    240k U.S. Navy Minesweeper Coastal Albatross (MSC-289) operating with Mindiv 92 off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 14 July 1962. Photo courtesy of

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Henry Green, USN - USNA Class of 195620 April 1961 - 18 June 1962
    02LT Billy Dan Gearin, USN18 June 1962 - 14 January 1964
    03LT George Andrew Church, USN14 January 1964 - 1964
    04LT Samuel Arlon Tish, USN1964 - 4 August 1965
    05LT Fletcher James Barnes, III, USN4 August 1965 - 29 January 1967
    06LT Edward Fiscus Cole, Jr., USN29 January 1967 - 24 February 1969
    07LT Stephen Ray Wilson, USN24 February 1969 - 1 April 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)

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