From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


The bluebird is a small North American songbird.

SP-465, a 67-foot motor boat of 1917-19, was also known as Blue Bird.

(AM-72: dp. 465; l. 132'4"; b. 24'; dr. 12'; s. 10 k.; a. 1 3")

Bluebird (AM-72) was launched 7 April 1931 as Maine by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; purchased by the Navy 13 August 1940; converted into a minesweeper at General Ship and Engine Works, Inc., East Boston Mass.; and commissioned 22 November 1940, Lieutenant J. T. Baldwin in command.

During World War II Bluebird operated throughout the Iceland-Greenland-Newfoundland area on minesweeping and patrol operations. Her classification was changed to IX-172, 1 June 1944. On 31 October 1944 she arrived at Boston and reported to Commandant, 1st Naval District, for disposition. Bluebird was decommissioned 12 January 1945 and transferred to the Maritime Commission 15 November 1945.