USS Kestrel (AMc-5)

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Name: USS Kestrel
Builder: Salisbury Yacht Co., Salisbury, Maryland
Launched: 1938, as Chanco
Acquired: 1 October 1940
Commissioned: 21 January 1941
Decommissioned: 29 October 1945
Reclassified: IX-175, 10 July 1944
Fate: Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 5 August 1946
General characteristics
Type: Coastal minesweeper
Displacement: 219 long tons (223 t)
Length: 98 ft 10 in (30.12 m)
Beam: 21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)
Draft: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 19
Armament: 2 × .30 caliber machine guns

USS Kestrel (AMc-5), was built in 1938 as Chanco by the Salisbury Yacht Co., Salisbury, Maryland. The yacht was acquired by the United States Navy on 1 October 1940, converted to a coastal minesweeper, and commissioned as USS Kestrel (AMc-5) on 21 January 1941.

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Coastal minesweeper is a term used by the United States Navy to indicate a minesweeper intended for coastal use as opposed to participating in fleet operations at sea.

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Service history

She was assigned to the 5th Naval District and operated on inshore patrol duty out of Norfolk, Virginia, until 11 January 1944. Sailing to Boston, Massachusetts, Kestrel performed similar duties in the 1st Naval District.

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She was reclassified as Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary Ship IX-175 on 10 July 1944 and operated for the remainder of her service as an experimental vessel for Radiation Laboratory, M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Kestrel was placed out of service on 29 October 1945 and delivered to the War Shipping Administration for disposal on 5 August 1946

War Shipping Administration government agency

The War Shipping Administration (WSA) was a World War II emergency war agency of the US government, tasked to purchase and operate the civilian shipping tonnage the US needed for fighting the war. Both shipbuilding under the Maritime Commission and ship allocation under the WSA to Army, Navy or civilian needs were closely coordinated though Vice Admiral Emory S. Land who continued as head of the Maritime Commission while also heading the WSA.

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