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Kite

 

A small or medium bird of the hawk family.

 

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(AM-75: dp. 482'; l. 124'3" ; b. 23'0" ; dr. 10'6" ; s. 9 k.; a. 13")

 

The first Kite (AM-75) was built in 1928 as beam trawler Holy Cross by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; purchased by the Navy from H. C. Trawling Corp. 11 September 1940; and commissioned 3 March 1941, Lt. Comdr. George L. Burns in command.

 

Kite cleared Boston 27 March 1941; and, after training exercises with the mine warfare school Yorktown, Va., she operated with the Support Force out of Norfolk. Five months later she sailed for Newfoundland arriving Ar-gentia 31 August for minesweeping operations in the North Atlantic. From August 1941 to 3 May 1944, Kite swept sea lanes in frigid Newfoundland waters. Clearing Argentia, Kite arrived Boston 7 May and decommissioned at Quincy, Mass., 14 August 1944. She was transferred to WSA 2 March 1945 and sold.

 

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Kite (AM-403) was cancelled during construction 12 August 1945.