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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Able - Easy

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 8 July 1941 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Long Island, NY
  • Launched 31 December 1941 - (Side note: A Christening speech itself is generally brief and well memorized, such as, “I christen you Albatross II and wish you Godspeed." But no one who heard it will
    ever forget the spirited baptism uttered by one Navy commander’s wife when she sent a minesweeper down the ways. The news of Pearl Harbor was still fresh and burning our blood; and as she hauled off to swing the bottle, she cried: “I christen you YMS-22 — and dammit I’ll serve on you if they’ll let me!”)
  • Completed 14 May 1942
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 July 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in March 1948
  • Registered in 1949 to the Decatur Marine Corp. of San Pedro, CA as the miscellaneous vessel Decatur out of Los Angeles
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
    1949 - 246 t.
  • Length 136'
    1949 - 126.5'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
    1949 - 11.5'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
    1949 - 12
  • 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, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    No image of YMS-22 is available at this time

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-22
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