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Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Zebra - Baker

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 23 April 1942 by the Daschel-Carter Shipbuilding Corp., Benton Harbor, MI
  • Launched 27 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS YMS-163, 3 March 1943
  • Completed 8 March 1943
  • Decommissioned 23 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 2 February 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in February 1948
  • Sold in 1949 to the Michelle Shipping Co. of Martinez, CA for use as a fishing boat and named Michelle Eve
  • Sold in 1954 to the Malaspina Fisheries Co. of Seattle, WA
  • Sold in 1963 to Aleutian Seafoods, Inc. of King Cove, AK and renamed Aleutian Reefer
  • Sold in 1964 to Roy Furfiord and Harry Furford dba Polar Fisheries, Inc. of Seattle
  • Caught fire 29 May 1967 at Homer, AK; towed out of the harbor and sank.


  • 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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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Allen F. Edwards, Jr., USNR3 March 1943
    02LT P. B. Nicks, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-163
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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