USS Gannet AVP-8     Originally a Minesweeper

Gannet: A large, white, web-footed sea bird

Lapwing Class Minesweeper
Laid down
, 1 Oct. 1918 by Todd Shipyard Corp., New York, NY    Launched, 19 March 1919

USS Gannet, Minesweeper No. 41 at New York Navy Yard, 10 July 1919
Designated AM-41, 17 February 1920
Converted and reclassified as a Small Seaplane Tender, AVP-8, 22 January 1936
Torpedoed 7 June 1942 by the German submarine U-653 northwest of Bermuda.
At 0742 hours U-653 attacked again and hit the USS Gannet with one torpedo. She sank within four minutes in position 35º50'N, 65º38'W. Feiler reported a hit at the stern of the yacht after 58 seconds, but a result could not be observed. 22 survivors were rescued by two aircraft from squadron VP-74, which made daring landings in heavy seas and 40 others were picked up by the American high speed minesweeper

SpecificationsDisplacement 840 t.  Length 187' 10"   Beam 35' 5'  Draft 8' 10"   Speed 14 kts.
 Complement 85    Armament: [2] 3"/50 dual purpose mounts
Propulsion: One 1,400shp Harlan and Hollingsworth Corp. vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.

The U.S. Navy minesweeper USS
Gannet (AM-41)
with the Loening OL Amphibian Unalaska on its crane in Attu Harbor during the 1932 Alaskan Survey Expedition, in May 1932.

A U.S. Navy Loening OL (BuNo 8077, "Unalaska") in flight over snow covered mountains during the 1932 Alaskan Survey Expedition, whose purpose was the mapping of parts of Alaska.

The first Alaskan Aerial Survey Expedition was conducted between June 6 and September 24, 1926, headed by Lieutenant Ben H. Wyatt of NAS San Diego. The preparations for the expedition were largely made at San Diego, although the staging area was Seattle. The last elements of the Alaskan Aerial Survey Expedition departed Seattle for Alaska. The expedition, under command of Lieutenant B. H. Wyatt, was composed of the tender Gannet (AM 41) the barge YF 88 housing a photo lab and mobile base for the expedition, and three Loening amphibians. Two of the airplanes were OL-4s equipped for aerial photography. The third was an OL-2 which served as a standby plane for searching in case one of the photography planes was forced down. It was also the radio plane for the expedition. The work of the expedition, which extended through the summer and into September, was performed in cooperation with the Department of the Interior for early aerial mapping of Alaska. The purpose of the expedition was survey of Southeast Alaska for the Department of the Interior for use with the investigation of resources of that region. During the summer over 15,000 square miles were mapped.

The minesweeper USS Gannet (AM-41) turned Seaplane Tender built at the end of World War I. The ship was often stationed in Alaska, but in June 1926 she steamed south to Sand Point on Lake Washington to pick up a Loening amphibious aircraft; See photo left. Click the image to see the report created by Cory Graff.

The barge YP-88, photo right,  was mostly referred to as the "Pigeon Roost-"


Music by TIM BARRON SM3 1968-70 USS Kawishiwi AO-146