From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


A basis or standard of comparison ascertained by calculation of some sort.

(AM-263: dp. 625; 1. 184'6": b. 33'; dr. 9'9"; s. 14.8 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3", 2 40mm., 6 20mm., 2 .30 cal. mg., 2 dct., 2 dcp; cl. Admirable)

Measure (AM-263) was laid down by American Ship Building Co., Lorain, Ohio, 5 June 1943; launched 23 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Richard W. Mills, Jr.; and commissioned 3 May 1944, Lt. Joseph J. Summerell, Jr., USNR., in command.

After shakedown in the St. Lawrence River, Measure departed Cleveland, Ohio, 21 May for Boston, Mass., with a stop at Halifax, Nova Scotia, arriving 2 June. On 16 June she continued on to Little Creek, Va, arriving the 18th. Assigned to Mine Squadron 13, she spent most of the next month in minesweeping exercises in the Chesapeake Bay, then reported to Service Squadron 5 on 23 July for towing duty.

On 31 July Measure began operations as training and schoolship out of Little Creek which continued into mid-December. On 26 December she moved to Norfolk and 3 January 1945 got underway for the west coast, via Miami, Fla., and the Panama Canal, arriving San Diego, Calif, 28 February.

Attached to the western sea frontier, Measure steamed north 1 March; made a stopover at Seattle, Wash., 5 to 26 March; and arrived Kodiak, Alaska, the 31st for minesweeping duty.

After the German surrender on 8 May, Measure was leased to Russia 21 May for service with the Russian Navy Purchased outright in the late 1950's, she saw continuous service in the Russian Navy until decommissioned in 1963.