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  USS Swan AVP-7 (Minesweeper No. 34, AM-34)
USN
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender

950 Tons
187' 10" x 35' 6" x 9' 9"
2 x 3" gun
2 x machine guns


USN c1930s


USN May 4, 1943
Sinking History
Built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company in Mobile, Alabama. Laid down December 10, 1917 as Lapwing-class minesweeper. Launched July 4, 1918 as USS Swan Minesweeper No. 34. Commissioned January 31, 1919 in the U. S. Navy (USN) with Fredman J. Walcott in command.

Swan was assigned to Division 5, North Sea Minesweeping Detachment departed as one of twelve minesweepers under the command of Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss that arrived at Kirkwall, Scotland April 20, 1919. Nine days later, the force began minesweeping operations out of Inverness Firth, Scotland. For the next five months and 108 days at sea, Swan conducted in minesweeping operations to clear the North Sea Mine Barrage laid by the Allies between June 1918 to October 1918 to block German U-Boats. On October 1, 1919 departed via Devonport, Brest, Lisbon, Azores and Bermuda before returning to New York on November 20, 1919.

During 1920, assigned to Division 2, Mine Squadron 2 of the Atlantic Fleet. and operated from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. During the peacetime era, her work included servicing buoys, marine salvage. On November 28, 1920 while attempting to refloat a wrecked oil barge, rough seas pushed her onto the beach at Cape Cod Bay and the ship was rescued by U. S. Coast Guard crew and the ship left beached during the winter. On February 22, 1921 refloated and towed to Portsmouth for repairs and placed out of commission until June 23, 1923. Next, operated from Washington Navy Yard based at Quantico, VA and provided target and other services for the Atlantic Fleet.

On July 17, 1920 redesignated USS Swan AM-34. On the bow was a large "34" in white with black outline with a smaller U. S. Star insignia. During 1926 assigned to the 15th Naval District and operated from Coco Solo in Panama and operated in the Canal Zone (CZ).

On January 22, 1936 redesignated USS Swan AVP-7 as a small seaplane tender.

Wartime History
On December 7, 1941 being serviced in the Marine railway dock in Pearl Harbor and witnessed the explosion of the first bombs dropped at 7:55am and the crew were called to general quarters. At 8:03am, her her 3" gun battery opened fire and during the Japanese attack claimed one plane shot down. Afterwards, boiler repairs were completed and refloated at 1:15pm. For the next month, remained at Pearl Harbor to assist in salvage efforts.

On January 8, 1942 departs for American Samoa arriving at Pago Pago ten days later. In early March 1942 dispatched to Pukapuka Island (Puka Puka Island) to rescue the crew of TBD-1 Avenger 0335 that drifted in the open sea in a life raft for 34 days and returned them to the U. S. Navy. During late May 1942 operated off Wallis Island until July 25, 1942 returned to Pearl Harbor arriving August 4, 1942 for an overhaul. On October 28, 1942 arrived at NAS Kaneohe and loaded ammunition and supplies for two days then departed for the South Pacific via Canton Island, Suva, Funafuti, Gardner Island, Sydeny Island, Hull Island and Palmyra Island. On December 8, 1942 departed Palmyra and returned to Pearl Harbor five days later.

On December 30, 1942 loaded with suppies and departed Pearl Harbor to Canton Island arriving January 7, 1943 then returned to Pearl Harbor nine days later. On March 12, 1943 departed for Johnson Island and towed YC-811 back to Pearl Harbor.

During May 1943 at Mare Island.

PARTIAL HISTORY

For her World War II service, Swan earned one battle star.

Postwar
On December 13, 1945 decommissioned at Boston. On January 8, 1946 struck from the Navy list and nine months later transfered to the Maritime Commission at Newport for disposal.

Fate
During 1946, broken for scrap.

References
Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) - USS Swan, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack December 11, 1941

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August 4, 2020

 

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