USS Condor (AMc-14)

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USS Condor (AMc-14) Photographed in 1941, probably off San Diego, California
USS Condor (AMc-14) Photographed in 1941, probably off San Diego, California
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Name: USS Condor
Namesake: Condor
Launched: 1937, as New Example
Acquired: 28 October 1940
Commissioned: 18 April 1941
Decommissioned: 17 January 1946
Struck: February 1946
Fate: Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 24 July 1946
General characteristics
Type: Coastal minesweeper
Displacement: 195 long tons (198 t)
Length: 77 ft 9 in (23.70 m)
Beam: 21 ft 10 in (6.65 m)
Draft: 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
Depth of hold: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 200 bhp (149 kW) Enterprise DMW-6 diesel engine, one shaft
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
Complement: 17
Armament: 1 × .50 caliber machine gun

USS Condor (AMc-14) was a coastal minesweeper of the United States Navy. The ship was constructed as the wooden-hulled purse seiner New Example at Tacoma, Washington in 1937. Acquired by the U.S. Navy on 28 October 1940 and converted into a coastal minesweeper, she was commissioned as Condor on 18 April 1941.

U.S. Navy career

Condor was in Pearl Harbor when the attack occurred. In the early hours of 7 December 1941, sailors and officers aboard Condor spotted what looked like a periscope out of the water in the entrance to the harbor. They later found out that they spotted the periscope of a Japanese midget submarine attempting to get into the harbor. Condor's report was sent to the destroyer Ward (DD-139) which fired the first shots of the Pacific War. Condor spent the war in or near Hawaii with the U.S. Navy.

Condor was decommissioned on 17 January 1946, struck from the Navy List in February 1946, and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 24 July 1946. Fate unknown.


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