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USS Avenge (AMc-66)
Career (US)
Ordered: as Bulwark
Laid down: 8 May 1941
Launched: 14 February 1942
In service: 2 April 1942
Out of service: 14 December 1945
Struck: 8 January 1946
Fate: sold to United Fisheries
General characteristics
Displacement: 195 tons
Length: 97'1"
Beam: 22'0"
Draught: 8½' (mean) (f.)
Speed: 10.0 knots
Complement: 17
Armament: two .50 cal. machine guns

USS Avenge (AMc-66) was an Accentor-class coastal minesweeper acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of removing mines from minefields laid in the water to prevent ships from passing.

Bulwark was laid down on 8 May 1941 at South Bristol, Maine, by the Bristol Yacht Building Co.; renamed Avenge on 17 May 1941; launched on 14 February 1942; sponsored by Mrs. William A. Parker; and placed in service at Boston, Massachusetts, on 2 April 1942.

World War II service[edit | edit source]

Following fitting out at Boston, Avenge sailed for Hampton Roads, Virginia, and arrived at Yorktown, Virginia, on 23 April for training at the Mine Warfare School. Upon completion of the training, Avenge reported to the 6th Naval District, Charleston, South Carolina, for duty.

Avenge served at Charleston for the duration of her career.

Post-war deactivation[edit | edit source]

On 14 December 1945, Avenge was placed out of service and laid up in the Wando River. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 8 January 1946, and the ship was turned over to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 8 August. Avenge was subsequently sold to the United Fisheries Co., Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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