USS Merit (AMc-90)
|Laid down:||15 August 1941|
|Launched:||4 January 1942|
|In service:||28 March 1942|
|Out of service:||10 December 1945|
|Struck:||8 May 1946|
|Fate:||transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service|
|Length:||97 ft (30 m)|
|Beam:||22 ft (6.7 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft (2.7 m)|
|Armament:||two machine guns|
Merit was laid down 15 August 1941 by F. L. Fulton Co., Antioch, California; launched 4 January 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Walter H. Eels; and placed in service 28 March 1942.
World War II service
After shakedown along the coast of California, the new coastal minesweeper was assigned to the Western Sea Frontier force. Transferred 16 March 1943 to Naval Local Defense Force, 12th Naval District, she continued her sweeps and patrols to protect San Francisco Harbor as a major departure point for men and materials to the Pacific fighting fronts.
Post-war inactivation and disposal
Regarded as surplus following V-J Day, she was placed out of service 10 December 1945 and struck from the Navy list 8 May 1946. Eight months later Merit transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service.
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
- NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Merit (AMc 90)