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MINESWEEPERS


 
MSO Type Ocean Going Minesweepers
 
Over 50,000 Proudly Served

US Flag Don't Tread On Me US Flag-Hawk
 
"Where the Fleet Goes, We've Been!"
 

 
MSO's In Private Hands Museum Ship (Netherlands) Hr. Ms. "Mercuur" MSO Casualties Piggy Back Minesweepers
Scrapped MSO's Navsource MSO Photo Feature
Mothballed MSO's 102 MSO's Belgium MSO's
The Chain Locker Join The NMSOA
 

 
Esteem-Enhance-Conquest-in-Arabian-Gulf-Nov1989
Esteem, Enhance, Conquest in Arabian Gulf, November 1989
 

 

MINE WARFARE HALL OF VALOR

Dave Bruhn as created a Mine Warfare Hall of Valor at his website to honor the recipients of Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Navy & Marine Corps Medals for heroism (and also Prisoner of War Medals) from World War II through the present.

It is Dave's hope that this action will help to preserve the collective legacy of these past and present members of the Mine Warfare Community.

 

 

SHIP CLASSES

There were twelve (12) ship classes
eleven (11) listed in DANFS, Vol. 5 and
Jane added the Berneval class that DANFS did not list
 
One hundred and one (101) ships were actually built
 
AS ORIGINALLY BUILT:
All had Diesel engines.
All were outfitted with One 40mm, single; Two .50cal machine guns??
Foreign Classes did not list crew sizes.
 
(1) AGILE Class, Hull Number(s) 421, Length Overall: 172ft, Extreme Beam: 35ft, Displacement: 755 tons, Max. Draft: 10ft, Designed Accommodations: Off: 8,Enl: 70, Design speed: 14k, Engines: Packard, Designed Shaft Horsepower: 2280
There was only one ship in the Agile class, and that was Agile. She was unlike any other MSO, with V-16 Packards and 3200 SHP, not the V-12 Packards and 2400 SHP that most of the other MSO's had. She also had an 8 cylinder 250KW S/S generator instead of the 185KW S/S generator....Bob Adelwerth USN, Ret.
 
(53) AGGRESSIVE Class, 422-427,432-449,455-474,488-496, 172ft, 35ft, 775tons, 10ft, 5,65, 14k, Packard, 2280
 
(4) DASH Class, 428-431,172ft, 35ft, 775tons, 10ft, 8,70, 14k,GM, 1520
 
(5) AM 450 Class, France, 450-454,171ft, 35ft, 750tons, 10ft4", 15k,GM 1600
 
(10) BERNEVAL Class (per Janes), France, 475-477, 500-502, 505, 512-514, 171ft, 35ft, 700tons, 10.5ft, 13.5k, GM 1600
 
(4) AM 478 Class, Portugal, 478-479,486-487,172ft, 35ft, 665tons, 10ft, GM, 1600
 
(6) AM 480 Class, Netherlands, 480-485,172ft, 36ft, 735tons, 10ft, 15.5k, GM, 1600
 
(2) AM 498 Class, Norway, 498-499,171ft, 35ft, 750tons, 11ft, 15.5k GM, 1600
 
(5)AM 503 Class, Belgium, 515-516,522,172ft5", 35ft, 780tons, 11ft, 14k,GM, 1600
 
(4) AM 506 Class, Italy, 506-507,517-518,173ft, 35ft, 665tons, 10ft, 15k, Unkn, 1600
 
(4) ACME Class, 508-511,173ft, 36ft, 750tons, 14ft, 8,70, 14k, Packard, 2280
 
(3) ABILITY Class, 519-521,190ft, 36ft, 934tons, 12ft, 8,75, 15k, GM, 2700
 
 

 

Ocean Minesweepers

Name Nbr Builder Keel Laid Launch Date Commis -sioned Decomm -issioned Additional Information
Conflict 426 Fulton Shipyard, Antioch, Calif. 8/13/51 12/16/52 3/23/54 6/9/72 Scrapped by Al Kidman, Wilmington, CA $32,501. Removal date: 1/22/74 from San Diego under tow of Beverly Gene to L.A., Calif
Venture 496 Broward Marine 1/11/55 11/27/56 2/3/58 8/2/71 Custody of Venture accepted upon arrival INACTSHIPFAC NORVA 01-NOV-71. Berthed Pier "A", South, Southgate Annex, 1-May-78, Scrap Sale, C.B. Herter Jr., Airports Rd., Hopewell, VA. $27,019
Adroit 509 Frank L. Sample 11/18/54 8/20/55 3/4/57 12/12/91 18-Aug-94, Scrapped 5/95, Wilmington Resources, Inc.,Wilmington, N.C. $44,950 PiggyBack Minesweepers, Desert Storm
 
Navsource pages have been added, Also I have added many home pages for each ship
 
Click HERE to view THE COMPLETE LIST
 
U.S. Ship Activity
  Year     Keel Laid     Launched     Commissioned     Decommissioned  
1951 18      
1952 21 8    
1953 12 26 6  
1954 8 15 27  
1955 3 9 18  
1956 2 4 6  
1957 1 3 4  
1958     4 1 Grounded
1966       1 Fire
1970       14
1971       9
1972       12
1973       1 Sunk
1977       2
1982       4
1989       1
1990       5
1991       5
1992       4
1993       2
1994       4


Combined U.S. & foreign Ship Activity
  Year     Keel Laid     Launched     Commissioned     Decommissioned  
1951 18 1    
1952 31 9    
1953 23 38 6  
1954 17 23 38  
1955 8 19 28  
1956 2 7 16  
1957 1 3 8  
1958     4 1
1959 1 1    
1960     1  
1966     2 3
1970     1? 15
1971     3 10
1972     1 13
1973       2
1974     1? 1
1976       2
1977       2
1979       2?
1982       8?
1985       1
1988       6
1989       2
1990       5
1991       5
1992       4
1993       5
1994       4
1995     4 (Tiawan)  
1996       1?
1997       1?
1998       1
1999       3
 

 
MSO 428 Netherlands A859
The Beginning----The End
 
Developments in Wooden Minesweeper Hull Design Since World War II
 

 
MSO's in Private Hands

Two Ships have been found in Private Hands, USS ADVANCE (MSO-510), and USS LUCID (MSO-458).

MSO'S IN PRIVATE HANDS

 

 
MSO Casualties

Two Ocean Minesweepers ran aground and were lost.
Four experienced fires, only one was rebuilt, the others were scrapped.

MSO CASUALTIES


 

 
After Desert Storm three minesweepers were transported back to the United States
NOT UNDER THEIR OWN POWER.

PIGGY BACK MINESWEEPERS

 

 
Ocean Going Minesweepers In MothBalls
ALL ships have been removed from the mothball facilities,
Memories are what we now have!

MOTHBALLED MSO'S
 

 
The Scrapping Process of Ocean Going Minesweepers.

SCRAPPED MSO'S
 

 

THE FINAL VOYAGE

The last six MSO's at Baltimore Marine have been scrapped. With their passing there are now NO MSO's in U.S. Government possession.
 
The demolition of the final six took place, we believe, in January 2002.
 
The minesweepers have been completely dismantled and disposed. There are no items remaining for sale.
 
BMI-Jan 15, 2001
First Time on an MSO since October 27, 1967....Dick Lewis
LR..Al Hines, Dick Lewis, Roger Taylor (BMI), Harry Keith, Rick Szpyrka
 
BMI recpt
BMI, Jan 15, 2001
 

 
Photo's, have we got photo's
Check these links for lots of pictures of these beautiful little wooden ships
 
NavSource Photo Archives...Mine Sweeper, Ocean (MSO) Index
 

 
MSO ship preserved as a Museum in The Netherlands
Museum Ship, Ex MSO-483

 

 
All of the Belgium MSO's (Hull #'s 498,499,503,504,515,516,522) have their own unofficial web site with lots of information and lots of dramatic pictures.
 

 
Packard Engine
 
Packard 
Engine Packard 
Engine

Courtesy of Jamie Smith
 
The SS Lane Victory, a Merchant Marine Museum on board a Victory-Class Liberty ship tied up in the Port of Los Angeles, I observed the following bit of MSO Hardware:

As you descend the ladder into the Hold, and walk past the moored mine in the on-board Museum, look past the Engine from the San Pablo (From the movie 'Sand Pebbles') and there in all its 'snipe' glory is an actual Packard V-12 diesel engine, as used as the main propulsion and Minesweep generator engines on most MSOs. The engine is intact, and identified by a small sign.

If you, or any other former 'sweep sailors are in the Southern California area, you should pay the Lane Victory a visit. She is a fully-functional ship which gets underway three times in the summer on fund-raising cruises to Catalina.

Courtesy of Denis King - USS Dynamic MSO 432.

 
 

 
NMSOA
 

Navy MSO Association

 
Of and for all MSO sailors, in any Navy around the world.
 
NMSOA 2009 REUNION
October 23 - 25, 2009
NMSOA, 2009 Reunion
Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
 
JOIN the NMSOA
 
The flag in the background was flown on the USS Conflict during 
Operation Market Time<br>and was displayed at the 2002 KickOff reunion courtesy of John Riley
Rick Szpyrka, Past President, NMSOA
The flag in the background was flown on the USS Conflict during Operation Market Time
and was displayed at the 2002 KickOff reunion courtesy of John Riley
 
HNSA crest
Associate Member
 
When you are done with this site, please visit the NMSOA web site.....
 
NMSOA
 

 
Click Here for the Facebook Web Site
for Navy Minesweepers MSO MSC & MSI

This group is for anyone who served on a Ocean, Coastal or Inshore Minesweeper.
Wooden Ships & Iron Men

 

 
 
STOCKTON HISTORICAL MARITIME MUSEUM (USS Lucid MSO-458)

The Lucid is now located at the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum with a gala ribbon cutting ceremony on March 15, 2012.
The Stockton Historical Maritime Museum in conjunction with a local crafts-emphasizing charter school aim to raise the $1.5 million necessary and provide the thousands of man hours necessary to fully restore the ship.
Mike Warren, Don Cole and the Board of Directors of the Lucid Foundation Need your help. The USS Lucid Museum is now a work in progress. They can use your Help with Labor, Memorabilia or Monetary support. Click on the link for more information.

 
If you would like to make a donation to the LUCID MSO-458 FOUNDATION please just click on the link above.
 
We now have an MSO !!!

YouTube Video's of the Lucid at Stockton Historical Maritime Museum:
The Last MSO, entering Stockton harbor
Stockton's newest attraction, TV broadcast)
USS Lucid Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
 

 
Click Here for the Facebook Web Site
for the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum (USS Lucid)
 

 

FROM THE FILES OF A MINEWARFARE HISTORIAN

The Joseph Schreiber Collection

This section is Comprised of Authentic Original Photos. Joe had personally visited Peterson Builders INC. Of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and spent a few long days researching and digging thru many file cabinets in a dank basement which Peterson had rented to store the files from years worth of ship Building.

Pictures from Peterson Buliders

 

 
MSO's IN THE MEDIA

Newspaper and Magazine articles about Ocean Minesweepers that have appeared in the media.
 

Popular Mechanics, July 1953

USS Implicit
 
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Can you find the names of all 65 US MSOs in the following paragraph??
(answer at bottom of this page)

I felt a strange alacrity; you know that energy you get when you engage in implicit skill along with the ability and vigor to become aggressive enough and agile in your own right to affray with sufficient force having no esteem for that gallant yet illusive leader that you have shown loyalty and fidelity too; along with that pledge that became vital to the stalwart sagacity that allowed you to fortify your fearless exploit and not just become an observer and pluck any valor out of that direct conflict without a bold yet massive bulwark to enhance your firm and persistent venture with that constant dash of endurance that has allowed you to excel as a notable guide without a prime rival to keep you on the pinnacle of lucid thoughts as your friends become impervious to the prestige that you seem to inflict on those around you with a somewhat dynamic, if not exultant advance towards that adroit goal with the assurance that you can avenge that dominant but nimble salute that you give with that sturdy handshake as you swerve and pivot to dodge that grim reaper that will embattle your conquest to the acme of your success as you struggle through the metal detector of life.
Author Unknown

 

 
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Meet your old buddies, make new friends, tell sea stories, etc.
 

 
ALTHOUGH NO SCULPTURED MARBLE HAS RISEN TO THEIR MEMORY,
NOR ENGRAVED STONE BEAR RECORD OF THEIR DEEDS,
PRAY THEIR REMEMBRANCE BE MORE LASTING.
 

 
What is an "MSO"?

An MSO is a Navy Ship, MineSweeper, Ocean, a wooden hull vessel, from 172 feet to 190 feet in length, with a crew size of around 70 sailors. One hundred and one were built, with several versions, 65 for the U.S. Navy and 36 for our NATO allies, in United States shipyards during the 1950's. These sweeps, as they were affectionately called, served for over 41 years protecting the peace

These ships bravely went before the fleet in peacetime and war, in operations such as the Cuban Missile blockade, Vietnam, Operation "Ernest Will" (the escort of the re-flagged Kuwaiti oil tankers), and even in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Many lives were saved by the actions of these minesweepers. We were the first in, sweeping the watery mine fields so others could come after us.

These were not large ships that received great attention. We quietly went about the business of saving lives under what were considered harsh conditions. We had none of the luxuries of the larger Navy vessels.

The well deserved motto for these great ships was "Where the Fleet Goes, We've Been" and for the men that served on them "Wooden Ships, Iron Men".

 

 
THAT'S MY MSO

That's my MSO down there; which one is yours?

It was a terribly long walk down that very short pier
I asked myself many times did I really want to be here
But that old wooden ship that was painted haze gray
Was my ticket to the world and I could get away

Get away from myself and the trials of my days
We would go out to sea and that old ship would raise
She would buck and sway and slam us back down
In that foamy green brine she'd bounce all around

It was hard times at best but she always got us there
You'd think that that you couldn't even like it or care
But you did in spite of the miserable days and the nights
That the old ship took away from you in small little bites

You prayed and you prayed to get off that trash heap
And you asked yourself why you loved that old sweep
It was hard to admit, what you really went through
Not just for the ship, but for the rest of the crew

Had all that I owned, everything that was mine
Stuck in a big canvas bag, strapped over my shoulder
I spent my time there and was feeling much older

Time had passed by much faster than I thought
I was proud of my service and what I was taught
Did I really want to leave her and just get out of here
It was a terribly long walk down that very short pier

She's still afloat today with her leaks and bad wood
Waiting with six others to be saved as we should
We can't afford to forget, with a different course to steer
It will be a terribly long walk down a very short pier

So do what you can and be proud of your ship
And join with our group for a very long trip
A trip for believers and not for the weak hearted
It's going to take from us all, so now let's get started

Author Unknown ......

 

 
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For God So Loved The World...
John 3:16
Jesus Christ paid a debt He didn't owe
because
we owe a debt we cannot pay
 
"I Know Whom I Have Believed"
2 Timothy 1:12
 
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"
John 15:13
 
Jesus Christ is the person who changed the world forever with teachings of love and faith...... Continued at conservapedia.com
 

 
Robert Winthrop
U.S. Speaker of the House
1847-1849
 
"If men are not self-controlled through the teachings of the Bible, then the only alternative for civil government is coercion"
 
Thus over 100,000 new laws are introduced each session in state and federal legislatures.
 

 
"Our constitutuon was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadeaquate to the government of any other"

President John Adams, 1798

 
"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the World is communicated to us through the bible "

President Abraham Lincoln

 
"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

President George Washington

 
"The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed."

Patrick Henry

 
"The Bible is the sheet-anchor of our liberties."

President U. S. Grant

 
"That book sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."

President Andrew Jackson

 
"We have staked the whole future of American civillization...upon the capacity of each and every one of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments."

President James Madison

 
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperty, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

President George Washington

 
"Children learn the meaning of morality, religion, and respect for law from the habitual fidelity of their parents to one another."

President John Adams

 
"So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the bible once every year."

President John Quincy Adams

 

 
The French philosopher, Alexis De Tocqueville: "America will last until the populace discovers that it can vote for itself largesse out of the public treasury”.
 
Sir Winston Churchill: "The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal distribution of blessings, the inherent vice of Socialism is the equal distribution of misery/poverty".
 

 
Restore
IF My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles, Chapter 7, verse 14.

 

 
June 20,1924 - May 28, 1971
MY HERO, AUDIE MURPHY
"The most decorated American in all of our history"

Medal of Honor
Medal Of Honor
August 9, 1945
 
MY HERO, Audie Murphy Distinguished Soldiers stamp

From the Unveiling Ceremony at the "Field Of Honor", Loves Park, IL May 3, 2000
 
VISIT THE AUDIE L. MURPHY
MEMORIAL WEB SITE
 
Audi Murphy Audi Murphy
Arlington National Cemetery
 
Take a look at their GUESTBOOK, the endless tributes will MAKE YOUR DAY!

Audie L. Murphy Memorial Web Site
Record 3241
Name: Dick Lewis
From: Rockford, IL
Time: 1999-10-16
Comments: Mr. Murphy's memory will never die, There are Very, Very few TRUE American heros, Audie ranks at the VERY TOP of the "list". God Bless Audie Murphy! What an HONOR to sign his guestbook. Dick Lewis
 
December 5, 1999
Dear Mr. Lewis,
Thanks for your email it's much appreciated. I do feel very blessed to be in the Murphy family. I am very proud of my uncle and what he did, I am also proud of you and all the others that fought for our freedom too. Thank you ! and thanks for keeping his name alive.

God Bless you and have a Merry Christmas
Love,
Angela (Murphy) Hunt

 
HOME OF HEROES
Medal Of Honor Recipients
This is such a fantastic site, it is hard to exaggerate it's rich content. If this does not get your patriotic juices going, then you are not a member of the living!
 

 
I felt a strange alacrity; you know that energy you get when you engage in implicit skill along with the ability and vigor to become aggressive enough and agile in your own right to affray with sufficient force having no esteem for that gallant yet illusive leader that you have shown loyalty and fidelity too; along with that pledge that became vital to the stalwart sagacity that allowed you to fortify your fearless exploit and not just become an observer and pluck any valor out of that direct conflict without a bold yet massive bulwark to enhance your firm and persistent venture with that constant dash of endurance that has allowed you to excel as a notable guide without a prime rival to keep you on the pinnacle of lucid thoughts as your friends become impervious to the prestige that you seem to inflict on those around you with a somewhat dynamic, if not exultant advance towards that adroit goal with the assurance that you can avenge that dominant but nimble salute that you give with that sturdy handshake as you swerve and pivot to dodge that grim reaper that will embattle your conquest to the acme of your success as you struggle through the metal detector of life.
 
Author Unknown
 

 
 
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