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YMS-140



Call sign:
Nan - William - Xray - Fox

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 12 February 1943 by the Astoria Marine Construction Co., Astoria, OR
  • Launched 19 June 1943
  • Completed and commissioned 12 August 1943
  • Hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa 7 April 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 10 June 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in January 1948
  • Acquired in 1948 by Straits Towing and Salvage Co., Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and named Clear Water
  • Renamed Salvor in 1948
  • Acquired in 1950 by Vancouver Salvage Equipment, Ltd. of Vancouver and renamed Salvage Queen
  • Acquired in 1953 by Pacific Salvage, Ltd. of Vancouver and renamed Patsy Lee
  • Acquired in 1958 by Straits Towing, Ltd. of Vancouver
  • Acquired in 1966 by Emlyn Mathews of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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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    YMS-140 159k 18 December 1944
    Manus Island, Papua, New Guinea
    Moored portside to an unidentified YMS
    Photos from the collection of William Powley
    Pamela (Powley) Lindenau
    YMS-140 143k
    YMS-140 171k
    YMS-140 148k

    Photos from the collection of William A. Powley, SC3c Crewmember USS YMS-140

    Contributed by Pamela (Powley) Lindenau

    (If you know the identity of any of these crew members, please send an email with their names)

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    1. William Arthur Powley, SC3c

    2. Port Angeles, WA
    Alfred Frank Rudney, New York and William Powley, Michigan

    3. San Francisco, CA
    William Edward Hutchison from Dale City, CA

    4. William Sheets, Nebraska; William Powley, Michigan; Alfred Frank Rudney, New York

    5. Port Angeles, WA
    c. 1944
    William A. Powley

    6. Port Angeles, WA
    c. 1944
    Voyd Lee Majette

    7. Port Angeles, WA
    c. 1944
    Voyd Lee Majette

    8. Port Angeles, WA
    c. May 1944
    William A. Powley

    9. Port Angeles, WA
    2 June 1944
    LT Lawrence A. Agar, USNR
    Commanding Officer

    10. Port Angeles, WA
    2 June 1944
    LT Agar

    11. Port Angeles, WA
    2 June 1944
    LT Agar

    12. Pearl Harbor, HI
    c. July 1944
    William Powley on the right

    13. c. August 1944
    Shellback Bill Powley

    14. c. August 1944
    Shellback Bill Powley showing his bruised butt

    15. c. August 1944
    Shellback Jerome Michael Jercick, St. Louis, MO

    16. Manus Island, Papua, New Guinea
    2 March 1945
    Heavy Cruiser Portland (CA 33) at anchor

    17. Front row on the right: William Powley

    18. Okinawa
    28 March 1945
    Bill Powley

    19. Okinawa
    1 April 1945
    One of the ships officers

    20. Okinawa
    1 April 1945
    Bill Powley

    21. Kerama Retto, Okinawa
    15 June 1945
    Harold Lloyd Renshaw, Illinois; Harold Arthur Wilcox, Jr., New York; Powley, Michigan

    22. Okinawa
    15 August 1945
    Bill Powley on "VJ Day"

    23. Nagoya-Yokkaichi, Japan
    5 October 1945
    Alongside a Japanese minesweeper

    24. Nagoya-Yokkaichi, Japan
    5 October 1945
    Alongside a Japanese minesweeper

    25. Nagoya-Yokkaichi, Japan
    5 October 1945
    Japanese naval personnel on their minesweeper

    26. Yokkaichi, Japan
    8 October 1945
    Large steel factory bombed out

    27. Yokkaichi, Japan
    8 October 1945
    Large glass factory bombed out. Two YMS' are anchored to the left

    28. Hiroshima, Japan
    15 November 1945
    Japanese small craft base

    29. Hiroshima, Japan
    15 November 1945
    Downtown

    30. Hiroshima, Japan
    15 November 1945
    Downtown

    31. Hiroshima, Japan
    15 November 1945
    Across the street from City Hall

    32. Hiroshima, Japan
    15 November 1945
    Downtown

    33. Kure, Japan
    17 November 1945
    Japanese fishing fleet

    34. Kure Naval Base, Japan
    28 November 1945
    One of the largest Japanese carriers still afloat [IJN Katsuragi]

    35. Kure Naval Base, Japan
    28 November 1945
    Japanese battle cruiser sunk in the harbor [The IJN Tone, Aoba, Iwate or Izumo]

    36. Kure Naval Base, Japan
    2 December 1945
    One of the Japanese largest battleships sunk [The IJN Hyuga, Ise, or Haruna]

    37. Wakayama, Japan
    7 December 1945

    38. Wakayama, Japan
    30 December 1945
    Bill Powley and PeeWee Williams

    39. Wakayama, Japan
    c. 1946
    Harold Lloyd Renshaw

    40. Guam
    c. 1946
    In a floating dry dock astern of YMS-248

    41. Guam
    c. 1946
    In dry dock
    Voyd Lee Majette, Howard Locke Hudson, Erest George Sieve, Robert Llewellyn Williams
    and W. A. Powley

    42. Guam
    c. 1946
    In dry dock
    Ernest George Sieve, Robert Llewellyn Williams, Voyd Lee Majette and
    W. A. Powley

    43. Kobe, Japan
    10 January 1946
    Large Japanese transport, sunk

    44. Saipan
    5 February 1946
    Leonard Burwood Lau from Austin, Minnesota and Powley from Detroit, Michigan

    45. Saipan
    5 February 1946
    Bill Powley

    46. Taking a swim in the Pacific

    47. After their swim in the Pacific
    EM1c Ronal "Bud" Wilson, back row on the right; QM1/c Harry A. Killenbeck is on the left (with hand on shoulder) and William Powley is in the right front

    48. EM1c Ronal "Bud" Wilson, fifth from the left with QM1/c Harry A. Killenbeck and William Powley on the far right

    49. Report of Changes
    31 August 1943

    50. Report of Changes
    30 September 1943

    51. Muster Roll
    31 December 1943

    52. Muster Roll
    31 March 1944

    53. Report of Changes
    30 April 1944

    54. Sailing List
    12 June 1944

    55. Muster Roll
    30 June 1944

    56. Muster Roll
    30 September 1944

    57. Muster Roll
    31 March 1945

    58. Report of Changes
    1 July 1945

    59. Muster Roll
    1 October 1945

    60. Muster Roll
    31 December 1945
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    61. Muster Roll
    31 March 1946
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Lawrence A. Agar, D-V(S), USNR12 August 1943
    02LT Ralph J. Staehli, Jr., D-V(G), USNR1944
    Courtesy Pamela Lindenau

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-140
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    Association of Minemen
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