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Lapwing Class, U.S. Fleet Minesweepers


Photograph
                  of USS Vireo, a Lapwing-class minesweeper

National Archives #19-N-34748

Schematic diagram of Lapwing class
              minesweeper

ONI 222


Specifications:


Tonnage

840 tons standard displacement

Dimensions

187'9" by 35'5" by 15'
57.23m by 10.80m by 4.57m

Maximum speed      

14 knots

Complement

75

Armament

2 3"/50 AA gun

Machinery
1-shaft triple expansion reciprocating (1400 shp)
2 boilers
Bunkerage
210 tons


The Lapwings were steel-hulled oceangoing minesweepers capable of offensive minesweeping. They were quite old, having been completed around 1919.

A number of these ships had been converted to other types by the time war broke out.


Units in the Pacific:

Penguin

Apra

Crippled by aircraft 1941-12-8 at Apra and scuttled

Bittern

Cavite

Crippled by aircraft 1941-12-10 at Cavite and scuttled

Lark

Cavite


Quail

Cavite

Crippled by aircraft 1942-5-5 at Corregidor and scuttled

Whippoorwill      

Cavite


Oriole

Dutch Harbor


Avocet

Pearl Harbor

Seaplane tender conversion

Bobolink

Pearl Harbor


Rail

Pearl Harbor


Tern

Pearl Harbor


Turkey

Pearl Harbor


Vireo

Pearl Harbor


Heron

Port Ciego, Philippines

Seaplane tender conversion

Eider

San Francisco

Net tender conversion
Teal
Aleutian Islands
Seaplane tender conversion

Viking

Recommissioned 1942-2-12 (San Diego)     

Salvage ship conversion
Discoverer
Recommissioned 1942-2-16 (Seattle)
Salvage ship conversion

Owl

Arrived 1945-5-12

Tugboat conversion

Photo Gallery


Bow view of Lapwing-class minewsweeper

U.S.Navy

References

DANFS

NavSource.org (accessed 2009-12-18)

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)



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