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USS Condor (AMc 14)

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Name  USS Condor
Launched  1937, as New Example
In service  18 April 1941
Length  26 m
Namesake  Condor
Acquired  28 October 1940
Out of service  17 January 1946
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USS Condor (AMc-14) was a coastal minesweeper of the United States Navy. The ship was constructed as the wooden-hulled purse seiner New Example at Tacoma, Washington in 1937. Acquired by the U.S. Navy on 28 October 1940, converted into a coastal minesweeper and placed in service on 18 April 1941.

U.S. Navy career

The Coast Guard manned Condor departed for Hawaii 14 May 1941 arriving on 28 May for service in Hawaiian waters. Condor was in Pearl Harbor on the day the attack occurred and is believed to have made the first enemy contact at 0350 and at 0357 notified USS Ward by visual signals of a periscope sighting whereupon Ward began searching for the contact. At about 0637 Ward sighted a periscope apparently tailing USS Antares whereupon she attacked the target, thus firing the first shots of the Pacific War. They later found out that they spotted the periscope of a Japanese midget submarine attempting to get into the harbor. Condor spent the war in or near Hawaii with the U.S. Navy.

Condor was placed out of service at San Diego on 17 January 1946, struck from the List of District Craft in February 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 24 July 1946. Fate unknown.

References

USS Condor (AMc-14) Wikipedia


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