From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


A standard of perfection, beauty, or excellence.

(AMc-85: dp. 195; 1. 97'1"; b. 22'; dr. 9'1"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 17; cl. Accentor)

Ideal (AMc-85), a wooden-hulled coastal minesweeper, was laid down 4 June 1941 by Warren Boat Yard, Inc., Warren, R.I., launched 20 September 1941; sponsored by Miss Edith C. Alder; and placed in service at Boston 24 April 1942.

After shakedown out of Boston, Ideal reported to Mine Warfare School, Yorktown, Va., 11 May 1942. The ship served subsequently in the 8th Naval District at Burrwood, La., and in the 5th Naval District as a mine warfare training ship. She returned to Norfolk 26 May 1946 and decommissioned there 10 June 1946. Ideal was turned over to the Maritime Commission 28 December 1946.