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Brambling (MSC[O] 42)
ex-Brambling (AMS 42)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Papa - India

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 21 May 1941 by the Burger Boat Co., Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Launched 16 May 1942
  • Completed 4 September 1942
  • Commissioned USS YMS-109
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, named Brambling (AMS 42), 1 September 1947 and assigned as a Naval Reserve training vessel in the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes)
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-42, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
  • 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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    USS YMS-109
    YMS-109 102k c. 1945
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84966
    Mike Green
    USS Brambling (MSC[O] 42)
    YMS-109/Brambling 36k

    Brambling - An attractively colored finch that breeds in the northern reaches of Eurasia and flies south in winter. This handsome bird is also known as the bramble finch

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 18 December 2021
    YMS-109 57k c. 1955
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1956/1957 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Harold Edward Snyder, USNR1950 - 12 December 1951
    02LT Robert Oliver Brannon, USN12 December 1951 - 1953
    03LT Robert Treat Shultz, USNJune 1954 - July 1955
    ??LT William Ernest Clark, USN - USNA Class of 1948-A
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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