From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


A tree of the genus Celtis, distinguished by elm-like leaves and small fruit.

(YN - 20: dp. 560; l. 163'2"; b. 30'6"; dr. 11'8"; s. 12 k.; cpl. 48; a. 1 3"; cl. Aloe)

Hackberry (YN-20), originally Maple but renamed before launching 28 October 1941 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio. She was commissioned 21 December 1942, Lt. C. B. Wegner in command.

Following shakedown and training exercises out of Tompkinsville, R.I., the net tender was assigned to North African waters, reporting 12 April 1943. She operated in Palermo harbor towing and acting as cable recovery and salvage vessel. During her stay in Palermo Hackberry installed boom defenses at Catania, Sicily, and operated briefly in Naples harbor.

As the pincers were applied to the Axis in Europe, Hackberry took part in the important landings in southern France. Arriving off the beaches 15 August, the ship helped transport garrison troops from the newly-won Alpha beach to Isle du Levant. Hackberry remained in the area as Allied troops pushed forward from the beachhead, coming under fire from German shore batteries 22 August. With the capture of Toulon, the ship returned to her regular duties, clearing away the net and other harbor obstructions. Redesignated (AN-25) 20 January 1944, Hackberry operated at Toulon and Marseille [sic; Marseilles] until being turned over to the French government under lend-lease 12 November 1944.

Hackberry was returned to U.S. custody from lend-lease 21 March 1949 and was sold the same day to France, where she serves as Araignee.

Transcribed by Yves HUBERT (