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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

Linnet (MSC[O] 24)

Call sign:
November - Golf - Papa - Golf

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 11 July 1942 by Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal Island, CA
  • Launched 15 July 1943
  • Completed 19 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-395, 20 November 1943
  • Decommissioned 2 January 1947
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-24, 7 February 1947
  • Named Linnet 18 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-24, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 18 September 1957 at Philadelphia, PA
  • Placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship 30 October 1959 assigned to Atlantic City, NJ
  • Placed out of service 3 September 1968
  • Removed from service and struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1968
  • Sold in 1970 to William E. Wells of Fort Meyers, FL
  • Sold in 1973 to John B. Clayton (Captain Clayton and Co.) of Marietta, GA for use as a yacht
  • Out of documentation in 1982
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32;
  • Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount (replaced by one 40mm gun mount), two 20mm gun mounts and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS YMS-395
    Linnet 135k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay, CA
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84985
    Mike Green
    USS Linnet (MSC[O] 24)
    Linnet 21k Namesake: - The linnet is a small songbird of the finch family found in Europe, Africa and Asia Tommy Trampp
    Linnet 150k
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89231
    Mike Green
    Linnet 100k c. 1951
    Yorktown, VA
    Loading sweep gear
    Photo courtesy of LT Jorgen Strange Lorenzen, Royal Danish Navy (Ret.)
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    Linnet (MSC[O] 24)
    Linnet 273k 20 January 1969
    Berthed at the U. S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Pictured in a nest with six sister MSC(O)ís. Moored between Siskin (MSC[O] 58) and Reedbird (MSC[O] 51) with Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49) astern. The stern of the Light Cruiser Portsmouth (CL 102) can be seen between Linnet and Reedbird
    Official U.S. Navy photos taken by the shipyard for use in the sales catalog found on board old headquarters ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in early 1971 at NISMF
    James Swank
    Linnet 339k 20 January 1969
    Stern view of above photo

    Commanding Officers
    01LT William Vandiver Byrd, USNR20 November 1943 - June 1944
    02LT Henry Alexander, USNRJune 1944 - July 1945
    02LT Harry D. Campbell, USNRJuly 1945 - January 1946
    01LT Frederick S. Richardson, USNRJanuary 1946 - March 1946
    02ENS Edward R. Titelman, USNRMach 1946 - May 1946
    02ENS Harold I. Shakesshaft, Jr., USNRMay 1946 - August 1946
    03ENS Richard Michael Palkovic, USNAugust 1946 - February 1948
    04LTJG Charles Virgil Wilhoit, USN - USNA Class of 1946October 1948 - May 1949
    05LTJG James V. Goure, USN - USNA Class of 1946May 1949 - July 1950
    06LT Edward Everett Sigler, Jr., USNJuly 1950 - July 1952
    07LT John Henry Penny, USNR - USNA Class of 1946July 1952
    08LT Donald R. Glasscock, USN1967 - 13 September 1968
    ??LCDR Michael Dennis Woods, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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