Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courlan (MSC[O] 44)

Call sign:
November - Alpha - Whiskey - Echo

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 26 June 1941 by the San Diego Marine Construction Co., San Diego, CA
  • Launched 13 March 1942
  • Completed 12 August 1942 and commissioned as USS YMS-114
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-44 and named Courlan 1 September 1947 and assigned as a Naval Reserve training vessel in the 8th Naval District (New Orleans)
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-43, 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.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-114 108k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84968
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Clifford Wayne Loree, USNR1950 - February 1952
    02LT G. D. MacDonald, USNFebruary 1952 - 1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Courlan (MSC[O] 44)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Mine Warfare Ship Photo Index Back to the Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper (YMS) Photo Index Back to the Motor Minesweeper (AMS) Photo Index Back to the Coastal Minesweeper (MSC) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History