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Sister ship AM-276 Pivot. Photo. www.navsource.org


Admirable Class Minesweeper:


Displacement: 625 tons


Length: 184'6"


Beam: 33'


Draft: 10'


Speed: 15 knots


Armament: 1 3"/50


Complement: 104


Diesel-electric engines, twin screws, 1,800 h.p.


Built at American Shipbuilding Co. and commissioned 10 Mar 1944 .Transferred to China under Lend-Lease, 28 Aug 1945.


The second Magnet (AM-260) was laid down by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio, 13 March 1943; launched 5 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. John J. Boland; and commissioned 10 March 1944, Lt. H. A. Babione in command.


Following commissioning in the 9th Naval District, Magnet steamed down the Mississippi River en route to Norfolk, reporting 17 April 1944. After shakedown in the Chesapeake Bay, she joined Mine Division 31 and, for the next 9 months operated out of Recife, Brazil, sweeping the main shipping channels of South American ports. She also escorted convoys to and from the West Indies, patrolled the harbor, and engaged in antisubmarine training.


On 10 March 1945 she was detached from the South Atlantic Forces and assigned to TG 23.2 at Miami.



 

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