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Drawn by Paul Sharp, YMS-81


Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Fox - Easy

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

Laid down 16 July 1941 by the Stadium Yacht Basin, Cleveland, OH

  • Launched 30 May 1942
  • Completed and commissioned 28 July 1942
  • Damaged by suicide plane 7 April 1945 in Okinawa area
  • Damaged by grounding 29 May 1945 in Okinawa area
  • Decommissioned 3 May 1946 at San Diego, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 10 June 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 9 March 1948 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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, 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
    YMS-81 52k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    YMS-81 152k In dry dock John Mastin
    YMS-81 140k
    YMS-81 160k
    YMS-81 119k

    1. History of YMS-81
    Dated 6 October 1945
    Page 1

    2. Page 2

    3. Page 3

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Hamilton Young, USNR28 July 1942
    02LTJG Buell Hollister, USNRSeptember 1943
    03LT Peter F. Belville, USNRApril 1944 - 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-81
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS YMS-81 Web Site
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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