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Longspur

 

A bird related to the sparrow and finch. They breed in the Arctic and winter over a large part of the United States.

 

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(AMc‑10: dp. 200; 1. 81'2"; b. 21'; dr. 4'6"; s. 10 k.; a. 2.30 cal. mg.)

 

The first Longspur (AMc‑10) was built by Martinac Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, Wash., as New Ambassador in 1935; acquired by the Navy 30 October 1940; converted by South Coast Co., Newport Beach, Calif.; and placed in service 11 April 1941.

 

Arriving in the Canal Zone 22 May, Longspur operated in the 15th Naval District for the next 3 years. She performed coastal minesweeping, patrolled the entrance to the Panama Canal, and escorted ships approaching the canal. Returning to San Diego 5 July 1944 Longspur was placed out of service 12 August and delivered to WSA 12 July 1945 for return to her owner.

 

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The name Longspur was assigned to AM‑404, but the contract was canceled 12 August 1945, prior to ,tart of construction.