From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
YN 81 dp. 1,100, l. 1946"; b. 37'; dr. 13'6"; s. 12 k.; cpl 56; a. 1 3"; el. Ailanthus
Catclaw (YN-81) was launched 22 May 1943 by Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland Me., sponsored by Mrs. F. R. Draper; commissioned 14 January 1944, Lieutenant T. A. Wall, USNR, in command; and reclassified AN-60 20 January 1944.
Catclaw reported at New London, Conn., 10 April 1944 to lay experimental underwater detection and sonar gear until 10 June. At Brooklyn Navy Yard, she was supplied with welding and diving equipment and had radar equipment installed, then sailed on 23 June for a month and a half of duty at Clyde, Scotland. On 20 August she arrived at Cherbourg, where she based until 14 September while laying moorings at Morlaix Roads for cargo ships bypassing the harbor at Brest. Through November, she played an essential part in the huge task of clearing the harbor of Le Havre, and after a month of operations at Plymouth, England, sailed for Charleston, S.C., 9 January 1945, aiding in the escort of a group of disabled ships including LCT -421 which she took in tow.
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