USCGC Yamacraw (WARC-333)

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USCGC Yamacraw (WARC-333) from Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
United States
Name: USCGC Yamacraw (WARC-333)
Builder: Marietta Manufacturing Company, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Laid down: as Maj. Gen. Arthur Murray for the United States Army
Launched: 15 March 1945
Acquired: 20 June 1946
Fate: Transferred to the US Navy, 17 April 1959
General characteristics
Class and type: Chimo-class minelayer
Displacement: 1,320 long tons (1,341 t)
Length: 188 ft 2 in (57.35 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Draft: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph)
Complement: 69
Armament: 1 × 40 mm gun

USCGC Yamacraw (WARC-333) was a Cable Repair Ship of the United States Coast Guard. Built for the Army Mine Planter Service as U. S. Army Mine Planter Maj. Gen. Arthur Murray (MP-8) and delivered December 1942.[1] On 2 January 1945 the ship was acquired by the Navy and converted to an Auxiliary Minelayer by the Charleston Navy Yard to become the USS Trapper (ACM-9), commissioned 15 March 1945 the ship was headed to the Pacific when Japan surrendered. After work in Japanese waters the ship headed for San Francisco.[2]

Transfer to the U.S. Coast Guard[edit]

USS Trapper was decommissioned and transferred to the United States Coast Guard in San Francisco on 20 June 1946 and struck from the Navy List on 19 July 1946. The former auxiliary minelayer served with the Coast Guard as a cable layer until early 1959 as Yamacraw (WARC-333).[2]

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Work[edit]

During 1957–1958 the ship was leased by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution making voyages in the Atlantic and Mediterranean largely for geophysical work.[3]


Before being transferred back to the U.S. Navy the Yamacraw was the buoy tender in the 1958 film Onionhead, which starred Andy Griffith and Walter Matthau.[4] [5]

Return of Ship to the U.S. Navy[edit]

The ship was reacquired by the U.S. Navy on 17 April 1959 and commissioned in New York on 30 April 1959 as the Cable Repair Ship USS Yamacraw (ARC-5), 30 April 1959 until decommissioned 2 July 1965 and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal.[6] Yamacraw was scrapped in 1969.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2011-11-12.  | WWII Construction - U.S. Army Mine Craft - MP, L and M
  2. ^ a b | U.S. Coast Gurard - USCGC Yamacraw, WARC-333
  3. ^ a b | Vessels and Submarines owned, operated or leased by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - YAMACRAW (W333) 1957-1958
  4. ^ NavSource. "USS Yamacraw (ARC 5)ex-USCGC Yamacraw (WARC 333)ex-USS Trapper (ACM 9)ex-USAMP Major General Arthur Murray". NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  5. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Frequently Asked Questions. The Coast Guard in Films Retrieved: 19 October 2015
  6. ^ | NavSource

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