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(PG‑94: dp. 900; l. 205'; b. 33'; dr. 14'7"; s. 16 k.; cpl. 90; a. 2 3", 4 20mm., 2 dct., 4 dcp., 1 dcp (hh.); cl. Action)

Great power, force, strength, vigor, or authority.

Might (PG‑94) was laid down as Canadian corvette CN‑312 by Morton Engineering and Drydock Co., Ltd., Quebec, Canada, 28 November 1941; launched as HMCS Musk 15July 1942; transferred to the U.S. Navy 20 July 1942; renamed Might 14 August 1942; and commissioned at Quebec 22 December 1942, Lt. Comdr. J. K. Hartley in command.

After fitting out and shakedown from Boston, Might reported to the eastern sea frontier 10 March 1943 at New York for convoy escort duty. Sailing primarily to Cuba and occasionally to Key West, she continued this duty after transferring to the Coast Guard 27 June, Lt. Comdr. J. P. Martin, USCG, in command.

During the next 18 months, Might completed 21 voyages to Cuba and two to Key West. The protection she provided made it possible for this vital coastwise and Caribbean traffic to continue despite German submarine menace and freed larger destroyer types for the hunter‑killer operations which defeated the U‑boats in the Atlantic. In November 1944, and continuously from 9 January to 1 May 1945, Might served weeklong barrier patrols in the western Atlantic.

After antisubmarine exercises out of her Staten Island base, Might arrived Charleston, S.C., 28 June and decommissioned there 9 October 1945. Her name was struck from the Navy list 24 October 1945, and she was delivered to the Maritime Commission 18 October 1946 for immediate transfer to her purchaser, United Boat Service Corp., City Island, N.Y.

From 1950 to 1956 she was owned as Olympic Explorer by Balleneros Ltd., S.A., Panama, and sailed as a commercial whale chaser. Then sold to a Japanese shipping company, she was renamed Otori Maru No. 3, and in 1957 was renamed Kyo Marti No. 12, under which name she still serves.

Published: Mon Aug 10 11:56:07 EDT 2015