- USS Amber (PYc-6)
USS Amber (PYc-6) was a
patrol boatin the United States Navy.
"Amber" started life as the yacht "Infanta" but was renamed "Polaris". She was built in
1930at Seattle, Washington, by the Lake Union Dry Dock Co., purchased by the United States Navyfrom Edward and Kathryn Lowe on 23 December 1940, converted for naval service by the Winslow Marine Railway and ShipbuildingCo. Inc., Winslow, Washington; renamed "Amber" on 10 January 1941 and simultaneously designated PYc-6, and placed in commission at Seattleon 3 March 1941, Lt. W. B. Combs in command.
"Amber" was assigned to the Inshore Patrol of the 13th Naval District and, from May until early August, operated around Seattle, Tacoma, and
Port Townsend, Washington. The patrol craft left Seattle on 6 August on a cruise to Alaska, and visited Ketchikan, Juneau, and Sitka, before returning to Seattle early in September.
In November, "Amber" was assigned to patrol duty at
Astoria, Oregon, and patrolled the Strait of Juan de Fucaoff Neah Bay, Washington, under the control of the Northwest Sea Frontier Patrol Group.
"Amber" was decommissioned on 18 October 1944 and her name was struck from the Navy list on 13 November 1944. The ship was sold back to her former owners on 13 June 1945.
Later the boat was acquired by the Foss Towing Company, Seattle (later name changed to
Foss Maritime), and renamed M/Y " Thea Foss".
List of patrol vessels of the United States Navy
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