Wonder as astonishment.
(AM‑262: dp. 625; l. 184'6"; b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 15 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 4 40mm.; cl. Admirable)
Marvel (AM‑262) was laid down 4 April 1943 by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio; launched 31 July 1943; sponsored by Miss Naomi Gordan; and commissioned 9 June 1944, Lt. Vincent deP. Hurley, USNR, in command.
Completing brief shakedown at Little Creek, Va., Marvel got underway 19 August 1944 for Naval Operating Base, Bermuda. Into midfall she operated from St. George’s Bay, sweeping for mines and conducting antisubmarine patrols to insure safe passage into the eastern terminus of the southern convoy route. She returned to Virginia, 9 November, and for the next 2 months conducted similar patrols in the Hampton Roads area.
On 17 January 1945 she weighed anchor and began a 21⁄2 month cruise to Kodiak, Alaska. Steaming via Coco Solo, San Diego, and Seattle she arrived 31 March. Two days later she sailed for the Shumagin Islands, arriving at Baralof Bay, 3 April. There she conducted local exercises until 20 May, when she decommissioned and was transferred, under the terms of the Lend‑Lease Agreement of 11 June 1942, to the custody of the Navy of the USSR. On 7 February 1955 she was redesignated in the Navy Register as MSF‑262. As of 1960 she had neither been returned nor purchased by the USSR.