A European bird of the finch family.
(AM-81: dp. 401- 1. 122'6"- b. 23'1"- dr. 10'11"- s. 10 k.
cpl. 36; a. 1 3'; cl. Golderest)
Chaffinch (AM-81) was built in 1928 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Mass., as Trimont; purchased by the navy 29 November 1940; and commissioned 16 July 1941, Lieutenant Edward Fluhr, USNR, in command.
Assigned to the 3d Naval District, Chaffinch arrived at New York City 10 August 1941. For the next year and a half, alert to the mounting German submarine menace, she swept for mines and patrolled waters off New York and New London. From 13 February 1943 until 8 January 1944 she performed similar duty off Newport, R.I., under the 1st Naval District.
Continuing her essential support to the movement both of coastwise convoys, and those bound for distant ports, Chaffinch again served at New York harbor until 1 August 1945, when she cleared for Charleston, S.C. There she was decommissioned 12 December 1945, and transferred to the Maritime Commission 23 September 1946.
LSIL-694(q.v.) was reclassified and named Chaffinch (AMCU-18), 7 March 1952.