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Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Mike - Tare

Vindicator call sign (1948):
Able - Xray - George - Item

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 10 October 1941 by J. H. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 2 May 1942
  • Completed 30 October 1942
  • Grounded (thrown ashore in heavy weather) 10 January 1944 on the beach of Tanaga Island, Aleutian Islands, AK. She was patched up and refloated by a salvage party from the Coast Guard manned tug
    Ute (ATF 76) assisted by some of the crew of YMS-127 on 13 January and towed to Adak Island. Later she sailed to Seattle, WA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 16 September 1944 as a constructive total loss, not worth repairing
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in August 1945
  • Registered in 1947 to W. P. Lowman of Anacortes, WA as the fishing boat Vindicator
  • Registered in 1948 to Ray B. Lowman of Anacortes as the fishing boat Vindicator
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
    1948 - 253 t.
  • Length 136'
    1948 - 126.1'
  • Beam 24' 6"
    1948 - 25'
  • Draft 6' 1"
    1948 - 11.3'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 33
    1948 - Five
  • 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-127 131k c. 1944
    Olson and Winge Marine Works, Seattle, WA
    Five U. S. Army patrol rescue boats are shown at the dock, including the P-510, P-511, P-512 and >b>P-518, as well as the Navy minesweeper YMS-127
    Photo by Ray Krantz
    Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-127
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