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Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Peter - How

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 August 1941 by the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 24 July 1942
  • Completed 31 August 1942 and commissioned USS YMS-53
  • Damaged by near-miss bomb 3 January 1945 in Suriago Strait, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 3 July 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in December 1947
  • Registered in 1950 to Simon Bacon of San Pedro,CA as the fishing boat Myrnalynn out of Los Angeles, CA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
    1950 - 252 t.
  • Length 136'
    1950 - 126.5'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 6' 1"
    1950 - 11.5'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 33
    1950 - Eight
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks 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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    YMS-53 115k Photo of YMS-53 that GM1/c Joseph B. Paul carried in his wallet for 56+ years Michael Paul
    YMS-53 184k 28 December 1945
    Shanghai, China
    YMS-338, YMS-6, YMS-8, YMS-53 and YMS-51 were just a portion of the mine sweeping force tied-up along the Huangpu River
    Photo from the collection of LTJG Jack W. Norris, XO, YMS-56
    Paul Norris
    YMS-53 196k c. March 1946
    Terminal Island, CA
    Moored inboard of YMS-198 with YMS-177 astern
    Photo from the collection of LTJG Jack W. Norris, XO, YMS-56
    YMS-53 197k c. March 1946
    Terminal Island, CA
    The flying bridge of the YMS-53 with her score card: Five Invasions, one German Mine, 10 Ship Mines, and Aircraft downed - one Zeke, one Val and one Betty
    Photo from the collection of LTJG Jack W. Norris, XO, YMS-56

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