USS Heath Hen (AMc-6)

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Name: USS Heath Hen
Builder: A. D. Storey, Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Launched: 1936, as Noreen
Acquired: 18 October 1940
Commissioned: 20 January 1941
Reclassified: Small Boat C-13538
Fate: Transferred to the Maritime Commission and sold, 10 May 1948
General characteristics
Type: Coastal minesweeper
Displacement: 270 long tons (274 t)
Length: 94 ft 4 in (28.75 m)
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Draft: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph)
Complement: 16

USS Heath Hen (AMc-6) was a wooden dragger (trawler), built in 1936 by A. D. Storey, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, as Noreen. Acquired by the United States Navy on 18 October 1940, she was converted to a coastal minesweeper and commissioned on 20 January 1941 as as USS Heath Hen (AMc-6). The small ship served in the 5th Naval District until 16 March 1944 when she arrived Provincetown, Massachusetts, for duty with the Naval Mine Test Facility. Redesignated Small Boat C-13538, her name was dropped and she served in mine warfare experiments until damaged by an oil explosion on 16 March 1945. She was subsequently turned over to the Maritime Commission and sold on 10 May 1948.


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

External links

  • Photo gallery of USS Heath Hen (AMc-6)/C-13538) at NavSource Naval History