WOODEN SHIPS & IRON MEN
|Courtesy of Robert McDougal
Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper: Laid down 7 May 1954 as AMS-204 by the Tampa Marine Co., Tampa,
FL; Launched, 5 January 1955; Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, MSC-204, 7 February 1955; Commissioned USS Thrush (MSC
204), 8 November 1955; Decommissioned 1 July 1975 and transferred to the Virginia Marine Institute; Struck from the Naval
Register, 1 August 1977; Scrapped, 1 August 1982.
Specifications: Displacement 320 t.; Length 144'; Beam 28'; Draft 9'; Speed 13 kts; Complement 39;
Armament two 20mm; Propulsion two 880 shp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, two shafts.
Coastal minesweeper nonmagnetic construction, wooden hull and stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze
engine and hull fittings.Fitted with UQS-1 sonar. Range is 2500 miles at ten knots.
WOODEN SHIPS AND IRON MEN a book by CDR David D.Bruhn USN RET.The history of our MSO's from 1953 to 1994. To learn more about
this excellent minesweeper book please visit CDR Bruhn's website at the link below.
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