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