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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

CS Yamacraw
by Bill Glover


Built in 1942 by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, W Virginia

Length 216.0 ft Breadth 34.2 ft Gross tonnage 1054

Launched as the minelayer Murray in August 1942 for the US Army. Sank off Cape Henry on 1 February 1994 after hitting a mine. Raised by the US Navy, repaired, renamed Trapper and used as a minelayer by the US Navy. Transferred to the US Coast Guard and renamed Yamacraw, being used for cable repair work. Handed back to the Navy in May 1959 then deleted from Navy Lists in July 1965.

Two years later was sold to the North American Smelting Co., for scrapping. During her later years the vessel was fitted out with two laboratories and used for underwater acoustic research.

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Last revised: 11 September, 2011

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