USS Might (PG-94)

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USS Might
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Musk
Builder: Morton Engineering and Drydock Co., Ltd., Quebec, Canada
Laid down: 2 November 1941 as Canadian Corvette CN-312
Launched: 15 July 1942
Identification: Pennant number: K289
Fate: Transferred to the US Navy, 20 July 1942
United States
Name: USS Might (PG-94)
Commissioned: 15 July 1942
Decommissioned: 9 October 1945
Struck: 24 October 1945
Fate: Sold into mercantile service
General characteristics
Class and type: Action-class patrol boat
Displacement: 1,375 long tons (1,397 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 14 ft 7 in (4.45 m)
  • 2 × 3-drum express boilers
  • 2,750 ihp (2,051 kW) Canadian Vickers vertical triple expansion engine
  • 1 shaft
Speed: 16.5 kn (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h)
Complement: 90

USS Might (PG-94) was laid down as Canadian corvette CN-312 by Morton Engineering and Drydock Co., Ltd., Quebec, Canada, on 28 November 1941 and launched as HMS Musk on 15 July 1942. The ship was transferred to the United States Navy on 20 July 1942, renamed Might on 14 August 1942, and commissioned at Quebec on 22 December 1942, Lieutenant Commander J. K. Hartley in command.

Service history[edit]

After fitting out and shakedown from Boston, Might reported to the Eastern Sea Frontier on 10 March 1943 at New York City for convoy escort duty. Sailing primarily to Cuba and occasionally to Key West, she continued this duty after transferring to the Coast Guard on 27 June, Lieutenant Commander J. P. Martin, USCG, in command.

During the next 18 months, Might completed 21 voyages to Cuba and two to Key West. The protection she provided made it possible for this vital coastwise and Caribbean traffic to continue despite German submarine menace and freed larger destroyer types for the hunter-killer operations which defeated the U‑boats in the Atlantic. In November 1944, and continuously from 9 January to 1 May 1945, Might served week-long barrier patrols in the western Atlantic.

After anti-submarine exercises out of her Staten Island base, Might arrived Charleston, S.C., on 28 June and decommissioned there on 9 October 1945. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 24 October 1945, and she was delivered to the Maritime Commission on 18 October 1946 for immediate transfer to her purchaser, United Boat Service Corp., City Island, N.Y.


From 1950 to 1956 she was owned as Olympic Explorer by Balleneros Ltd., S.A., Panama, and sailed as a commercial whale chaser. Then sold to a Japanese shipping company, she was renamed Otori Maru No. 3, and in 1957 was renamed Kyo Marti No. 12.

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