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USS Warbler (AM-53)
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Name: USS Warbler
Builder: Philadelphia Navy Yard
Laid down: 24 April 1919
Launched: 30 July 1919
Commissioned: 22 December 1919, as Minesweeper No.53
Decommissioned: 29 March 1946
Reclassified: AM-53, 17 July 1920
ARS-11, 13 September 1941
Struck: 10 June 1947
Fate: Declared surplus, 13 January 1947
General characteristics
Class & type: Lapwing-class minesweeper
Displacement: 950 long tons (965 t)
Length: 187 ft 10 in (57.25 m)
Beam: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Propulsion: Triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
1 shaft
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 85
Armament: None

USS Warbler (AM-53) (Minesweeper No. 53) was a Lapwing-class minesweeper laid down on 24 April 1919 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard; launched on 30 July 1919; sponsored by Miss Alice Kempff, the daughter of Capt. C. S. Kempff, the Captain of the Yard; and commissioned on 22 December 1919, Lt. Daniel J. O'Connell in command.

After brief service with the Train of the Atlantic Fleet, Warbler was decommissioned on 16 June 1920 and simultaneously transferred, on loan, to the United States Shipping Board. The ship operated with a civilian crew under the aegis of Merritt, Chapman, and Scott, a New York-based salvage firm. On 13 September 1941, the Navy reclassified Warbler a salvage vessel and designated her ARS-11

World War II operationsEdit

During World War II, she continued to operate with a civilian crew under a contract with the Naval Salvage Service. She was based at the Merritt, Chapman, and Scott salvage depot at Key West, Florida, and worked primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, towing disabled ships; assisting stranded or grounded vessels; escorting coastwise convoys; and conducting salvage operations.

End-of-War deactivationEdit

After the war ended, the U.S. Navy designated Warbler for disposal on 29 March 1946 and declared her surplus on 13 January 1947. She was struck from the Navy list on 10 June 1947.


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

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