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mirth n : great merriment [syn: hilarity, mirthfulness, glee, gleefulness]

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Old English myrġþ



  1. Merriment; gaiety accompanied with laughter; jollity.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      And he began to laugh again, and that so heartily, that, though I did not see the joke as he did, I was again obliged to join him in his mirth.
  2. That which causes merriment.


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Extensive Definition

USS Mirth (AM-265) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was built to clear minefields in offshore waters, and served the Navy in the Atlantic Ocean and then was transferred to the Pacific Ocean in order to lend the vessel to the Soviet Union under terms of the Lend Lease Act.
Mirth was laid down 31 July 1943 by American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio; launched 24 December 1943; sponsored by Mrs. B. E. Gathercoal; and commissioned 12 August 1944, Lt. M. A. Rusteen, USNR, in command.

World War II Atlantic operations

After shakedown in Chesapeake Bay, Mirth, a unit of MinDiv 37, got underway for brief duty with the Naval Operating Base, Bermuda, 29 November 1944. During December she operated from St. George's Bay, sweeping the channels, conducting antisubmarine patrols, thus ensuring safe passage into the western terminus of the southern convoy routes, and escorting single vessels to mid-ocean join-ups with convoys en route. She returned to Virginia at the end of the month and continued on to New York 3 January 1945. She remained in the New York area throughout January

Transfer to the Pacific Fleet

She departed 8 February for the Panama Canal and further routing to Cold Bay, Alaska. Arriving at the northern port 3 April, Mirth conducted coastal exercises and trained sailors of the Soviet Navy until 21 May.

Transfer to the Soviet Navy

She then decommissioned and was transferred under the identification number T-275, under the terms of the Lend-Lease Agreement, to the custody of the USSR On 7 February 1955, she was redesignated as MSF-265. As of 1969, she had neither been returned nor purchased by the USSR. Her fate is unknown.


See also

mirth in Polish: USS Mirth (AM-265)

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