USS ESTEEM
(AM/MSO-438)

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Naval Institute Proceeding cover of August 1980

Courtesy of Stan Cochran

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Picture of the aft 
deck of ESTEEM.  If you look closely, you'll see that the ship is still in 
the original MSO configuration.  Note the large boat boom instead of the 
later davit.  That dates the picture as February 1956 and the ship was 
only four months old.

Picture of the aft deck of ESTEEM. If you look closely, you'll see that the ship is still in the original MSO configuration. Note the large boat boom instead of the later davit. That dates the picture as February 1956 and the ship was only four months old.

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Here is a photo of USS ESTEEM (MSO-438) taken during her postcommissioning shakedown off San Diego in October 1955. Note that she is in the original MSO configuration with a short stack and a boom for handling the motor whaleboat. In March, 1956 she went into Long Beach Naval Shipyard for a post commissioning overhaul (!) which removed the boom and installed a Wellin davit for launching the MWB.

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Looks like a tall ship from here! 1 June 1957 at Sasebo, Japan.

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These were taken 1 June 1957 at SSK Industries' Drydock #1 in Sasebo, Japan. ESTEEM and PLEDGE are shown.

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Taken 1 June 1957 at SSK Industries' Drydock #1 in Sasebo, Japan.

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1 June 1957 at Sasebo, Japan

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The variable pitch propellers. 1 June 1957 at Sasebo, Japan.

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June of 1958 off the coast of San Diego.

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ESTEEM taken in 1958 off San Diego at the same time as the other aerial photo. This one is a little unusual in that it is taken from aft. The smoke is belching from the boiler (for heating and cooking) which just lit off and was not yet warmed up enough for the smoke to stop.
Notice that the ship is rigged for movies. In those days, they were projected on the fantail, weather permitting, or in the mess hall. Passing large reels of 16mm film from ship to ship via highline was a frequent exercise when cruising.

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Courtesy of Sam McCrow

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Courtesy of Ron Schwab, RMCS, USN(Ret)

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1967 in Formation

Courtesy of Tim Cline

The Booklet of General Plans
It is a collection of ten plates, or blueprints, glued back to back in pairs, making five pages in all. It is old and fragile. I have the complete Booklet of General Plans for USS ESTEEM (MSO43). It is dated February 2, 1958 and was done for the Long Beach Naval Shipyard by Harco Engineering Company.
All are courtesy of Engineering Officer (Chief Engineer), Stan Cochran (LTjg)(4/2000)


Stan went to a lot of effort to scan these blueprints, 40 passes through his scanner and then knitting the sheets together.
Thank You Stan!

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Sasebo, Japan - 14 April 1957
Vice Admiral Beakley, Commander 7th Fleet,
arrives on board USS ESTEEM to pay respects for high performance during WESPAC tour.

Receiving are: LT G. W. Bird, CO ESTEEM
LTJG S. H. Cochran, OOD
CDR May, COMINDIV73.
Com 7th Fleet's radio call sign was "Jehovah" and we sort of thought he really was.

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9 July 1957 at Sasebo, Japan
Here are the skippers and commodore of Mine Division 73 (left to right):
LT Stansfield Turner - CO, USS CONQUEST
LT Timothy J. Keen - CO, USS ESTEEM
LCDR Fluhart - CO, USS GALLANT
LCDR May - COMINDIV 73
LT Faust - CO, USS ACME
LT Pfundstein - CO, USS PLEDGE

Stansfield Turner went on to be the head of the Naval War College and then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Fuel cell on the fantail enroute to Endsweep in 1973

The individual on the fantail looking at the camera is "HT1 Burton". The individual with his hands on his hips over by the portside, facing out to sea is "HT2 Smethurst".
Fuel Cells were used only on the west coast, on the east coast MSOs deployed with an LST and would refuel every third day using the English Astern Method where they would float a small buoy with a line attached that would be pulled on board, secured to the deck house by the 40 MM and then would pull the hose aboard and pull it back mid-ships for the hook-up.

Courtesy of Rick Szpyrka, Sam McCrow & William Hause

Taken on July 2, 1956 as she was passing Pierpoint Landing
on the way out to sea from the Long Beach Naval Station.  It was its
first time at sea after completing an extensive post-commissioning
overhaul and modernization.

Taken on July 2, 1956 as she was passing Pierpoint Landing on the way out to sea from the Long Beach Naval Station. It was its first time at sea after completing an extensive post-commissioning overhaul and modernization. (USN Photo).

Courtesy of Stan Cochran

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