USS Flamingo  

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Flamingo- AM

Flamingo

A long-legged aquatic bird.

(AM: dp. 960; 1. 187'10''; b. 36'6"; dr. 9'10"; B.
14 k.; cpl. 72; a. 2 3"; cl. Lapwing)

The first Flamingo (AM-32) was launched 24 August 1918 by New Jersey Drydock and Transportation Co., Elizabethport, N.J.; sponsored by Miss Louise
Hovick; and commissioned 12 February 1919, Lieutenant F. J. Mayer in command. She was reclassified AM-32 on 17 July 1920.

From March into May 1919, Flamingo was based on Tompkinsville, Staten Island, N.Y., for towing duty and to carry stores in the local area. She sailed 18 May 1919 for Boston, where she joined four other minesweepers for passage to Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, and duty lifting the numerous mines laid in the North Sea during World War I. Returning to the United States 20 November 1919, she was overhauled at Portsmouth, N.H., then placed in reserve 18 November 1920. Flamingo was decommissioned 6 May 1922, and transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 23 January 1923.