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Phoebe I (AMc-57)

(AMc-57: dp. 176; l. 94'; b. 25'3"; dr. 6'1"; s. 11 k.; cpl. 17; a. 2 .30 cal. mg.)

A small migratory bird of the flycatcher family, native to North America.

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The first Phoebe (AMc-57) was laid down by the Western Boat Building Co., Tacoma, Wash. 5 December 1940; launched in 1941; purchased by the Navy 31 March 1941; and commissioned at Tacoma, Wash., 2 May 1941.

Phoebe served exclusively in the Northwestern Sea Frontier. In July 1943 she was tactical command ship for a group of four minesweepers that cleared a defensive minefield which had been planted in 1942 to protect Shagak Bay and Bay of Islands, Adak, Alaska. By 4 August, they had exploded more than 340 mines.

Phoebe continued operations as a dan buoy ship in Alaskan waters throughout the remainder of World War II, having been assigned to the Alaskan Sea Frontier. She was ordered to proceed from Dutch Harbor to Seattle 21 October 1945 and decommissioned there 17 December 1945. She was struck from the Navy List 8 January 1946. Phoebe was delivered to the Maritime Commission which sold her to her builder, the Western Boat Building Co., 27 March 1946.

Published: Thu Aug 20 09:38:52 EDT 2015