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USS Goshawk (AM-79)

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NameUSS Goshawk
BuilderFoundation (Marine) Co., Savannah, Georgia
Launched1919, as M/V Penobscot
Acquired3 September 1940, as AMc-4
Commissioned3 March 1941
Decommissioned1 August 1945
  • AM-79, 25 November 1940
  • IX-195, 10 October 1944
Stricken3 January 1946
FateTransferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 May 1946
General characteristics
Class and typeGoshawk class minesweeper
Displacement585 long tons (594 t)
Length150 ft (46 m)
Beam25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
Propulsion1 × 400 shp (298 kW) New London Ship and Engine Company diesel engine, one shaft
Speed10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Armament1 × 3"/50 caliber gun

USS Goshawk (AM-79), was a Goshawk class minesweeper built in 1919 as the steel-hulled fishing trawler M/V Penobscot by the Foundation (Marine) Co., Savannah, Georgia, for Mr. W. F. Henningsen, Seattle, Washington.

The ship was acquired by the United States Navy on 3 September 1940, and began conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper, AMc-4 at the Winslow Marine Co., Winslow, Washington. Renamed Goshawk on 16 October 1940, and reclassified as a Minesweeper, AM-79, on 25 November 1940, she was commissioned USS Goshawk (AM 79) on 3 March 1941. Conversion to a minesweeper was completed on 20 March 1941.

U.S. Navy career

After shakedown, Goshawk took up minesweeping duties in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, operating out of Seattle, Washington. She sailed for Alaska on 6 October 1941 and swept the channels between Sitka, Ketchikan, Adak, Seward, and Kodiak Island until 30 March 1942, when she returned to Seattle for extensive refitting.

Goshawk resumed duty on 18 August in the Seattle and Puget Sound area and in late 1943 returned to Alaska as a combination minesweeper and small cargo vessel. Her classification was officially changed to Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-195, on 10 October 1944. Goshawk returned to Seattle on 9 June 1945 and decommissioned there on 1 August, but continued to perform in an "in service" status, transporting condemned ammunition for the 13th Naval District.

Goshawk was decommissioned on 1 August 1945 at Seattle, Washington, and placed in service; transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 7 May 1946. Struck from the Naval Register on 3 January 1946, the ship was sold to Alvin T. Davies of Tacoma, Washington, and renamed M/V <i>Bering Sea</i>. Fate unknown.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

External links

  • Photo gallery of USS Goshawk (AMc-4/AM-79/IX-195) at NavSource Naval History
This page was last edited on 28 July 2016, at 20:15
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