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HM BYMS-2161
ex-HM J-961

BYMS-2161 served only in the British Navy

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 December 1942 as YMS-161 by the Burger Boat Co., Manitowoc, WI
  • Launched 3 April 1943
  • Completed 27 July 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britian 9 August 1943 and reclassified HM J-961
  • Reclassified HM BYMS-2161
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 November 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 December 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in October 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • 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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    BYMS-21 & YMS-161 122k Moored inboard of BYMS-2021, as part of a flotilla of British Yard Minesweepers tied up on the quayside in Copenhagen, Denmark harbour. They were the first British warships to enter that harbour at the close of hostilities at the end of WW II
    Photos from the collection of Able Seaman Appleford
    Ian Appleford
    BYMS-21 & YMS-161 108k

    There is no DANFS History currently available for BYMS-2161
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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