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Siskin (MSC[O] 58)
ex-AMS-58
ex-YMS-425



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Juliet - Bravo

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 June 1944 at Astoria Marine Construction Co., Astoria, Oregon
  • Launched 9 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS YMS-425, 21 December 1944
  • Decommissioned 19 July 1946
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper and named Siskin (AMS-58), 1 September 1947; placed in service as a Naval Reserve Training Ship and assigned to the 1st Naval District (Boston)
  • Recommissioned in March 1950
  • Reclassified a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC[O]-58, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 24 October 1957 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet Philadelphia Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1968
  • Sold in July 1969
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 320 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 33
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two .50 cal. machine guns, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880shp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS YMS-425
    YMS-425 197k Bob Colantuono
    YMS-425 Website
    YMS-425 121k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84988
    Mike Green
    Siskin (MSC[O]-58
    YMS-425 84k 4 July 1962
    Boston Navy Yard
    Outboard of Billfish (SS 286)
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Siskin/Billfish 58k
    Bold 93k Bold (MSO 424), Falcon (MCS 190), Turkey (MSC[O] 56), and Siskin.
    U.S. Navy Photo from the November 1965 edition of All Hands magazine.
    Joe Radigan
    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. Linnet (MSC[O] 24 moored between Siskin 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
    Siskin 349k 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. The bow of Fulmar (MSC[O] 47) and the stern of Chandeleur (AV 10) can be seen in the left background
    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
    Siskin 301k 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
    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

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Gustave J. Blasi, USNR21 December 1944 - 19 July 1946
    02LT F. W. Cole, USNMarch 1950 - November 1951
    03LT Herman S. Frey, USNNovember 1951 - November 1952
    04LT T. Ellis Peak, Jr., USNRNovember 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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