USS Ideal (AMc-85)

Career (US)
Laid down: 4 June 1941
Launched: 20 September 1941
In service: 24 April 1942
Out of service: 10 June 1946
Struck: date unknown
Fate: turned over to the Maritime Commission 28 December 1946
General characteristics
Displacement: 195 tons
Length: 97 ft 1 in (29.59 m)
Beam: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Draft: 9 ft 1 in (2.77 m)
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 17

USS Ideal (AMc-85) was an Accentor-class coastal 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.

Ideal, a wooden-hulled coastal minesweeper, was laid down 4 June 1941 by Warren Boat Yard, Inc., Warren, Rhode Island, launched 20 September 1941; sponsored by Miss Edith C. Alder; and placed in service at Boston, Massachusetts, 24 April 1942.

World War II service

After shakedown out of Boston, Ideal reported to Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Virginia, 11 May 1942. The ship served subsequently in the 8th Naval District at Burrwood, Louisiana, and in the 5th Naval District as a mine warfare training ship.

Post-war decommissioning

She returned to Norfolk, Virginia, 26 May 1946 and decommissioned there 10 June 1946. Ideal was turned over to the Maritime Commission 28 December 1946.

See also


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links

  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Ideal (AMc 85)
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