USS Guide MSO-447

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USS Guide (AMc-83) 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.

The first Guide (AMc-83) was launched 20 September 1941 by the Camden Shipbuilding & Marine Railway Co., Camden, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. Cary Bok, Jr.; and commissioned 17 March 1942, Lt. (j.g.) Alvin Hero in command.

The Guide trained from the Mine Warfare School at Yorktown, Va., until 17 April 1942 when she sailed to alternately sweep the main shipping channels leading out of Key West, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala. She periodically made brief visits to Pensacola for special sweeping duties. Her homeport changed from Mobile to Naval Station, Burrwood, La., in July 1944. She continued sweeping the approaches to New Orleans and Mobile until July 1945. She then served the Mine Countermeasures Station at Panama City, Florida, for the remainder of her career.The Guide was placed out of service 12 June 1946 and her name was struck from the Navy List 3 July. She was sold to a private purchaser 11 April 1947

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