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USS ALBATROSS MSC 289

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WOODEN SHIPS & IRON MEN

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Courtesy of Jim Dillon

Albatross Class Coastal Minesweeper: Laid down, 26 February 1959 by Tacoma Boat Building Inc., Tacoma, WA; Launched, 22 March 1960; Commissioned 20 April 1961; Decommissioned, 1 April 1970 at Sasebo, Japan and struck from the Naval Register the same day; Sold for scrap in November 1970 to Kitajima Shokai Co., Ltd., Sasebo, Japan.

Specifications: Displacement 320 t.; Length 144'; Beam 28'; Draft 9'; Speed 13 kts; Complement 50; Armament two .50 cal. machine guns and one 81mm mortar; Propulsion Harnischfeger diesel engines, two shafts.
 
Coastal minesweeper nonmagnetic construction, wooden hull and stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze engine and hull fittings.Fitted with UQS-1 sonar.  Range is 2500 miles at ten knots
 

WOODEN SHIPS AND IRON MEN a book by CDR David D.Bruhn USN RET.The history of our MSO's from 1953 to 1994. To learn more about this excellent minesweeper book please visit CDR Bruhn's website at the link below.

David Bruhn

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