- Displacement 775 t
- Length 172', Beam 35', Draft 12'
- Speed 14 kts
- Complement eight officers, 70 enlisted
- Armament, as built, one single 40mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns, final configuration, bow gun replaced by one twin 20mm gun mount, two .50 cal. machine guns remain
- Propulsion, four Packard ID1700 diesel engines, replaced by four Waukasha Motors Co. diesels, two shafts, two controllable pitch propellers.
- "...the U.S. Navy's Ocean-Going Minesweepers (MSO)
were built of mahogany and teak to reduce magnetic fields,
and most of the metal work was non-ferrous,
e.g. aluminum, bronze, brass, etc.
Compared to today's Navy of nuclear powered steam and gas turbine,
and while larger vessels were then mostly powered by oil-fired steam,
the 173-foot length MSOs were powered by diesel engines,
...four cranky Packards, driving a single,
variable pitch screw (propeller).
[There was] only one radar to worry about,
with one AN/SPS-5C indicator in CIC,
and one AN/SPA-4 repeater on the bridge."
- Some USS Lucid history
- A photo album --
Dan and Anneli's home in 1985 and 1986,
docked in San Francisco, Alameda, and Richmond, California
- USS Lucid in
- 2007 Photos of Laura
B.'s HMCS Chaleur, a Canadian sister of USS Lucid, also
docked in the San Francisco Bay, at Treasure Island until
Its owner, Laura, is a friend of a friend and kindly invited me aboard.
My friend served as electrician on the crew that sailed it here.
After a few years, Laura tired of the
endless maintenance and expense ($5000 just to fill the fuel tank!) and sold it.
I was unable to find out who the buyer was. She had had a deal with Treasure
Island's local government to be the island's backup power supply in case
of disaster. Minesweepers have huge generators to power
their mine-detonating drag-line. Thus, they permitted her to berth in a
spectacular location, on the east side of the Island, just north of the Bay
Bridge. I used to check it out every time I crossed.
- 1999 photos of a couple of Lucid's sisters being dismantled at Mare Island.
Lucid's drive shaft adaptor -- enabled engine to transmit
power to propellor shaft while ship flexed