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Jacamar

 

Any of many species of birds of the subfamily Galbulinae, found in tropical forests from Mexico to Brazil.

 

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(AMc-47: dp. 185; l. 97'1"; b. 22'; dr. 8'6"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 16; a. 2.50 cal. mg.; cl. Accentor)

 

The first Jacamar (AMc-47), a wooden-hulled coastal minesweeper, was launched by Greenport Basin & Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, N.Y., 10 March 1941; sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy Scrimshaw; and commissioned 25 June 1941, Lt. (j.g.) S. Yeager in command.

 

The new minesweeper departed for training at Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Va., 30 June 1941; and reported for coastal duty with the Atlantic Fleet in July. America's entry into the war in December necessitated an increase in mine protection for vital Atlantic bases, and Jacamar steamed from Boston 9 December for duty at Bermuda. She subsequently performed these vital mine warfare functions at Bermuda and in the Caribbean until returning to Norfolk for alterations and new sweeping gear 3 February 1943.

 

Jacamar returned to Bermuda in March 1943, remaining there during the next crucial year in the Battle of the Atlantic. She sailed for Norfolk 20 April 1944, and upon arrival took up 'duty as a towing ship for aircraft target practice offshore. Jacamar remained on this duty, stationed at Hampton Roads, until arriving New London, Conn., 10 February 1945. Jacamar was at New London when the Germans surrendered in May, and arrived New York 6 June 1945. She subsequently engaged in clearing mines in Florida waters before decommissioning at Charleston 6 December 1945. After being briefly laid up in the Wando River, she was turned over to the Maritime Commission and sold in 1947 to O. R. Murphy, Charleston, S.C.