Base Minesweepers (AMb) Acquired in WWII

Most recent update: May 13, 2016.


During WWII, 22 wooden-hulled fishing vessels were acquired and reconfigured as Base Minesweepers, (AMb), even smaller than the coastal minesweepers, (AMc) and yard minesweepers, (YMS).  This was not considered a success, however, and on May 1, 1942, less than a year later, they were reconfigured again, this time as yard patrol craft, (YP).  This too was not successful and most of these boats were disposed of before the war was over.

AMb # O.N. Original Name Builder LDT Ft. Built Acquired by USN YP # Struck Disposition
1 236156 Elizabeth N Morse BB 130 91 1937 6/9/1941     Reclassified small boat 6/12/44, fate unknown
2 239980 Aurora Martinac SB 120 83 1940 12/21/1941 360 8/12/1943 Disposed of by WSA 7/43, resumed fishing as Aurora
3 238885 Exposition King Martinolich SB 75 80 1939 12/21/1941 361 11/28/1945 Disposed of by WSA 3/14/46, resumed fishing as Frances Marie, reflagged Peruvian 1962
4 239180 Western Star Western SB 70 75 1939 12/17/1941 362 10/14/1944 Disposed of by WSA 2/3/45, resumed fishing as Western Star
5 239891 Santa Rosa Martinolich SB 86 82 1940 12/17/1941 363 5/21/1946 Sold by WSA 1946 to former owner, resumed fishing as Santa Rosa
6 239693 New Hope Martinolich SB 72 82 1940 12/17/1941 364 10/14/1944 Disposed of by WSA 11/29/44, resumed fishing as New Hope
7 239866 Cutino Bros. Martinac SB 77 84 1939 12/17/1941 365 10/24/1945 Sold by WSA 2/11/46, resumed fishing as Cutino Bros
8 239694 San Jose Martinolich SB 65 78 1940 12/17/1941 366 8/12/1943 Disposed of by WSA 7/27/43
9 238998 Belle Haven Anderson & Cristofani 45 78 1939 12/17/1941 367 8/12/1943 Disposed of by WSA 7/27/43
10 238439 Ardito Martinolich SB 65 80 1939 12/17/1941 368 8/12/1943 Disposed of by WSA 7/27/43
11 238772 Stella Maris Martinolich SB 78 78 1939 12/17/1941 369 6/22/1945 Sold by WSA 9/5/45, resumed fishing as J. Ernandes
12 238346 Dante Alighieri Martinolich SB 71 82 1939 12/17/1941 370 10/14/1944 Sold by WSA 3/14/45 to former owner, resumed fishing as Rosanna
13 239947 Redeemer Martinac SB 73 84 1940 12/17/1941 371 11/28/1945 Sold by WSA 12/28/45, resumed fishing as Redeemer, later Nancy S 1959, Southern Monarch 1972, NLD 1983
14 238838 San Giovanni Martinolich SB 72 83 1939 12/17/1941 372 8/12/1943 Disposed of by WSA 7/27/43
15 238969 El Cortez Martinolich SB 77 71 1939 12/11/1941 373 10/14/1944 Disposed of by WSA 12/28/44, resumed fishing as Petrina F
16 238881 Belvedere Martinolich SB 77 83 1939 12/11/1941 374 10/11/1945 Disposed of by WSA 10/12/45, resumed fishing as Belvedere
17 228178 Raymonde A. D. Story   84 1929 1/13/1942 375 11/1/1945 Reclassified 12/15/44 as USS Barcelo (IX 199), sold 11/4/46, resumed fishing as Raymonde, lost 1/26/66 off Provincetown MA
18 241084 Ida and Joseph B. F. Warner 72 83 1941 1/13/1942 376 9/23/1944 Disposed of by WSA 12/7/44, resumed fishing as Ida and Joseph
19 240970 Noreen Casey 80 89 1941 1/26/1942 377 9/23/1944 Disposed of by WSA 9/27/44, resumed fishing as Noreen
20 239392 Harriet N. Eldridge Morse BB 51 89 1941 1/26/1942 378 9/16/1944 Sold by WSA 9/28/44, resumed fishing as Flamingo
21 241095 Baby Rose Morse BB 69 85 1941 1/30/1942 379 7/29/1944 Sold by WSA 7/21/44, resumed fishing as Baby Rose
22 240908 John G. Murley Morse BB 80 85 1941 1/30/1942 380 3/20/1946 Sold by WSA 7/21/44, resumed fishing as Teresa and Jean