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USS Osprey (AM-29)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Osprey and USS Crusader.

As USC&GS Pioneer
Name: USS Osprey
Builder: Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury, Morris Heights, New York
Laid down: 14 November 1917
Launched: 14 November 1918
Commissioned: 7 January 1919, as Minesweeper No.29
Decommissioned: 12 December 1920
Reclassified: AM-29, 17 July 1920
Fate: Transferred to US Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1922
Name: USC&GS Pioneer
Acquired: 7 April 1922
Fate: Returned to the U.S. Navy, 1941
Name: USS Crusader
Recommissioned: 17 September 1941, as ARS-2
Decommissioned: 13 February 1947
Fate: Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 February 1947
General characteristics
Class & type:
Displacement: 950 long tons (965 t)
Length: 187 ft 10 in (57.25 m)
Beam: 35 ft 6 in (10.82 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 72
Armament: • 2 × 3 in (76 mm) guns
• 2 × machine guns

USS Osprey (AM-29) was an commissioned by the United States Navy for service in World War I. She was responsible for removing mines from harbors, and, in her role as rescue and salvage ship, she was responsible for coming to the aid of stricken vessels.

Osprey was laid down 14 November 1917 by Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury, Morris Heights, New York; launched 14 November 1918; sponsored by Mrs. J. J. Amory, and commissioned 7 January 1919, Lt. Murray Wolffe in command.

European operations

After fitting out at New York, Osprey departed Boston, Massachusetts with five other ships on 6 April 1919 for Inverness, Scotland, arriving the 20th to join the North Sea Minesweeping Force. Basing operations at Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, she aided in taking up the North Sea Mine Barrage during the summer, departing Kirkwall on 1 October for Devonport. Osprey departed Brest for Lisbon the 15th, with sub-chaser #110 in tow. She departed Lisbon the 24th for home, arriving Staten Island, New York, 17 November. On 4 December, she proceeded to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she remained in ordinary until decommissioning 12 December 1920.

United States Coast and Geodetic Survey service

Main article: USC&GS Pioneer (1922)

Osprey then steamed to Boston and was transferred to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey on 7 April 1922, at which time she was renamed USS Pioneer.

Return to the US Navy

Operating with the U.S. Commerce Department as Pioneer, the ship was returned to the U.S. Navy and commissioned on 17 September 1941 as USS Crusader (ARS-2). The salvage ship operated in the 15th Naval District, headquartered at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, throughout World War II.


After decommissioning, she was transferred to the Maritime Commission on 13 February 1947.


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External links

  • Photo gallery of USS Osprey at NavSource Naval History
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