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Wassuc (CMc 3)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Charlie - Victor

Wassuc Class Coastal Minelayer:

  • Built in 1924 as the steel hulled coastal passenger ship SS Yale by the New Jersey Drydock and Transportation Corp., Elizabethport, NJ
  • Acquired by the Navy, 20 December 1940 and converted to a Coastal Minelayer at New York Navy Yard
  • Designated CMc-3, 30 December 1940
  • Renamed Wassuc, 10 January 1941
  • Commissioned USS Wassuc (CMc 3), 15 May 1941
  • Decommissioned 8 November 1945 at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in July 1946
  • Sold for scrap 3 August 1948 to Patapsco Scrap Corp. of Bethlehem, PA.


  • Displacement 1,830 t.
  • Length 230' 6"
  • Beam 42'
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 85
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts and four .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Scotch boilers, two 2,000shp Hewes & Phillips vertical triple expansion, no reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Wassuc 85k 26 September 1941
    Hoboken, NJ
    During conversion by Fletcher's Dry Dock Repair Co.
    National Archives photo 19-N-25325 from
    Robert Hurst
    Wassuc 116k 26 September 1941
    Hoboken, NJ
    Interior view showing mine rails during conversion by Fletcher's Dry Dock Repair Co.
    National Archives photo 19-N-25328 from
    Wassuc 127k 24 March 1944
    Photographed north of Cape Cod by a blimp based at South Weymouth, MA
    National Archives photo 80-G-222377 from
    Wassuc 116k Original photo: c. July 1944
    Replacement photo: Photographed on 31 July 1944 by a blimp based at South Weymouth, Massachusetts
    National Archives photo 80-G-244787 from Shipscribe
    Original photo: Hyperwar U.S. Navy in World War II
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Charles Russell Woodson, USN - USNA Class of 192015 May 1941
    02LCDR Roland Vincent Baillie, USNR15 July 1942
    03LT Jesse Smith, Jr., USNR10 August 1943
    04LT Walter Simon Newhall, USNR20 December 1943 - 8 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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