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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Tare - Uncle

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 August 1942 by the Burger Boat Co., Manitowoc, WI
  • Launched 16 January 1943
  • Completed 17 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-159, 1 July 1943
  • Decommissioned 22 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 15 August 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 22 January 1947 and sold to the Oceanic Fisheries Co. of Norfland, WA
  • Sold in 1953 to Alva Bales of Seattle, WA for use as a freight barge and named Gerry Rae
  • Sold to the Vancouver Tug Boat Co. 3 January 1955 and renamed VT-100
  • Caught fire and sank 22 April 1956 at Bedwell Bay, Vancouver Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at 49 19.3' W., 122 54.49' N.


  • 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-159 55k

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Albert Goodhue, USNR1 July 1943
    02LTJG K. O. Cass, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-159
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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