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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Sugar - Easy

YMS-37 served the Navies of the United States and France.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper: Laid down 13 October 1941 as YMS-37 by the C. Hiltebrant Dry Dock Co., Kingston, NY; Launched, 28 January 1942; Completed, 21 August 1942; Transferred to France 14 October 1944 as Balsamine (D 316); Sold to France, 21 March 1949; Struck from the Navy Register 28 April 1949; Reclassified D-13 and M-653; Decommissioned 6 August 1960. 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, two dcp; Propulsion two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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YMS-37 297k 19 November 1942
Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
Moored behind Ruby (PY 21) in Dry Dock No. 2 along with Army dredge Howell, Army QTR No. 2, Army barges No. 7, 17 and 4,
, and YP-429
U.S. Navy photo 1756-42
Robert Hall

There is no DANFS history available for YMS-37
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen
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