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Captor (PYc 40)

Captor call sign:
Nan - Xray - Zebra - Fox

ex-Eagle (AM-132)

Eagle Class Minesweeper:

  • The fifth Eagle was built in 1938 as the steel hull trawler M/V Harvard by the Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA for the General Sea Foods Corp. of Boston, MA
  • Renamed M/V Wave
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 January 1942
  • Conversion to a Minesweeper began 8 January 1942 at the Bethlehem Steel Co., East Boston, MA
  • Renamed and designated Eagle (AM 132), 11 January 1942
  • Conversion completed 28 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS Eagle (AM 132), 5 March 1942
  • Fitted out as a "Q" ship, reclassified as a Patrol Yacht (Coastal), PYc-40 and renamed Captor 18 April 1942
  • Decommissioned 4 October 1944 at Boston, MA and transferred to the War Shipping Administration
  • Struck from the Naval Register 10 October 1944
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 21 February 1945 for return to her owners
  • Acquired in 1959 by 40-Fathom Fisheries, Inc. of Wilmington, DE for use as a fishing boat and renamed Wave
  • Acquired in 1970 by National Sea Products, Inc. of Dover, DE
  • Acquired in 1976 by Trawler Wave, Inc. of Portland, ME
  • Acquired in 2005 by R & J Shipping, Inc. of Boston, MA and renamed Harvard
  • Out of documentation in 2009
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 520 t.
  • Length 133' 7"
  • Beam 26' 1"
  • Draft 12' 8"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 47
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount, two .50 cal. machine guns and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: One 650shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engine, one shaft.

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    USS Eagle (AM 132)
    Eagle 33k Namesake: Eagle - A large bird of prey of the falcon family, noted for its strength, size, grace, keenness of vision, and powers of flight, chosen for the national seal of the United States of America Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 April 2020
    USS Captor (PYc 40)
    Captor 403k c. August 1944
    Seen here fitted out as a "Q" ship
    National Archives photo 80-G-245463
    Tracy White

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Lester Francis Rogers, USNR5 March 1942
    02LT Eric Albert Carlson, USNR13 January 1943
    03LCDR Lester Francis Rogers, USNR12 March 1943
    04LT Eric Albert Carlson, USNR3 April 1943 - 4 October 1944
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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