From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


A sea bird with short neck and deep grooved laterally compressed bill.

(AMc-29: dp.225; 1. 90'2"; b. 20'0"; dr. 10'6"; s. 9 k.; a. 4 .50 cal. mg.)

Puffin (AMc-29) was built as wooden dragger Mary Jane by Snow Shipyard, Rockland, Maine, in 1936; acquired by the Navy 25 November 1940, and commissioned 2 May 1941, Lt. O. R. McClean in command.

She was assigned to the 1st Naval District with a homeyard of Boston. From 2 May to 8 December 1941 she operated out of Boston on inshore patrol. From then until 11 May 1943, she was part of the local defense force at Portsmouth, N.H. For the next nine months she continued to operate on the east coast.

Puffin decommssioned at Boston 18 February 1944 and on 12 June 1944) was reclassified Small Boat No. C-13546. She was delivered at Norfolk to WSA and sold to her former owner 20 April 1945. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 29 July 1947.