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Gull (MHC 46)
ex-AMCU-46
ex-AMS-16
ex-YMS-324



YMS-324 call sign:
November - Papa - Zulu - Charlie

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 3 June 1943 at the Al Larson Boat Shop, Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 14 October 1943
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-324, 28 February 1944
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper AMS-16, 17 February 1947 and renamed Gull
  • Conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper ((Underwater Locator) began 1 August 1954 at the Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Reclassified AMCU-46, 1 August 1954
  • Conversion completed 31 January 1955
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minehunter MHC-46, 7 February 1955
  • Decommisioned 14 January 1958 at San Diego, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register in March 1959
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS YMS-324
    Gull 81k Seen here as YMS-324 San Francisco Bay
    US Navy photo NH 79694
    Naval Historical Center
    YMS-324 134k Seen here as YMS-324 underway, probably shortly after her completion in early 1944.
    US Navy photo NH 91923
    USS Gull (AMS 16)
    Gull 124k Swallow (AMS-36) and Gull tied up at Chinnampo, North Korea, November 1950, after taking part in clearing a channel more that sixty miles inland from the Yellow Sea and up the Taedong River to Chinnampo. Note flags and sweep gear at the ships' sterns, including depressors hanging over the transoms, otters on deck and floats and cable reels further forward.
    National Archives photo 80-G-423775
    Naval Historical Center
    Gull 86k c. 1951
    Sweeping for mines off Korea
    National Archives photo 80-G-430072
    AMS-8 75k C. 1953
    Sasebo, Japan
    Curlew (AMS 8), Mockingbird (AMS 27), Heron (AMS 18), and Gull nested at Sasebo
    Wayne Schafer
    AMS-5 Condor/LST-735 Dukes County 88k c. 1952/1954
    Dukes County (LST-735) serving as mother ship for seven minesweepers, probably in a Japanese port. Ships nested alongside are: Gull, Firecrest (AMS-10), Condor (AMS-5), Merganser
    (AMS-26), Osprey (AMS-28), Competent (AM-316),
    and Chief (AM-315)
    Courtesy U.S. Naval Institute, James C. Fahey Collection
    U.S. Navy photo NH 68589
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LT H. B. Silviera, USNR28 February 1944
    02LT Charles Edgar Clark Nimitz, USN1950 - May 1951
    03LTJG Merritt Douglas Tuel, USNRMay 1951 - January 1952
    04LT J. H. Yates, USNRJanuary 1952 - April 1952
    05LTJG John Howard Bell, USNApril 1952 - November 1952
    06LTJG Rex Calvin Taylor, USNRNovember 1952
    07LTJG F. M. Bailey, USN1953
    08LCDR Eugene Timothy Connors, USN1966
    09LT Dale Vernon Schermerhorn, USN - Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V (1951).
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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