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Curlew III (AM-69)


(AM-69: dp. 570; l. 147'10"; b. 28'8"; dr. 12'; s. 10 k.; a. 1 3")

A large bird haying long legs and a long, slender, downward-curved bill.


The third Curlew (AM-69) was built in 1938 by Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C., as Kittiwake; purchased by the Navy 6 August 1940; and commissioned 7 November 1940, Lieutenant (junior grade) W. T. Patrick, USNR, in command.

Clearing Boston 10 May 1941, Curlew swept mines off Staten Island, N.Y., until 4 October when she put out for Cristobal, C.Z. She served in the 15th Naval District until 10 February 1944 when she reported to Section Base, Little Creek, Va., for patrol and mine-sweeping operations until the end of the war. Re-classified IX-170, 1 June 1944, she arrived at Newport 14 November 1945. Curlew was decommissioned there 5 December 1945 and transferred to the Maritime Commission 27 September 1946 for disposal.

Published: Mon Jul 06 10:10:13 EDT 2015