USS Agate (PYC-4)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Goldcrest.
Career (US)
Ordered: as Armina
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1930
Acquired: 27 October 1940
Commissioned: 31 January 1941
Decommissioned: 29 September 1944
Struck: date unknown
Fate: disposed of, 3 July 1945
General characteristics
Displacement: 168 tons
Length: 110 ft 6 in (33.68 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Speed: 13 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: one 3” gun mount

USS Goldcrest (AM-78) was a minesweeper acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of removing mines from minefields laid in the water to prevent ships from passing.


Originally classified Agate (AM-78), Agate became PYc-4, 20 December 1940. She was built in 1930 by Mathis Yacht Building Co., Camden, New Jersey. as Armina (later renamed Stella Polaris) ; acquired by the Navy 27 October 1940; and commissioned 31 January 1941.

Throughout most of World War II Agate was assigned to the 15th Naval District where she patrolled the Panama Canal. She departed the Panama Canal Zone 12 August 1944 en route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There she was decommissioned 29 September 1944. She was turned over to the Maritime Commission for disposal 3 July 1945.


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External links

  • NavSource Online: Patrol Craft / Gunboat / Submarine Chaser Photo Archive - Agate (PYc 4) - ex-Goldcrest (AM-78)
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