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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Al Grazevich

Fulmar (MSC[O] 47)
ex-Fulmar (AMS 47)

Call sign:
November - Zulu - Hotel - Alpha

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 31 October 1942 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Launched 2 January 1943
  • Completed 28 June 1943 and commissioned USS YMS-193
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, named Fulmar (AMS 47), 1 September 1947 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 1st Naval District (Boston)
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-47, 7 February 1955
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 October 1968
  • Sold 23 July 1969
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    USS Fulmar (AMS 47)
    Fulmar 64k

    Fulmar - An arctic sea bird found only beyond the 100-fathom curve

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 26 December 2021
    YMS-193 272k Port bow view of Fulmar underway at slow speed in the 1950s
    National Archives photo 1045642
    Mike Green
    USS Fulmar (MSC[O] 47)
    Peregrine 224k Right to left: Tutuila (ARG 4), Peregrine (AM 373), Fulmar, Hawk (AMS 17), Lapwing (AMS 48), and Cardinal (AMS 4)
    U.S. Navy photo from the August 1959 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan
    Fulmar (MSC[O] 47)
    YMS-271 260k 20 January 1969
    Berthed at the U. S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Fulmar and Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49) and
    Plover (MSC[O] 33) pictured in a nest with six sister MSC(O)ís.
    Official U.S. Navy photo taken by the shipyard for use in the sales catalog found on board old headquarters ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in early 1971 at NISMF
    James Swank

    Commanding Officers
    01LT F. P. Comstock, USNR1945
    02LCDR Claude Denis Gilcrist, USNR1950 - 9 November 1950
    03LT Joseph Argonne Jackson, USN - USNA Class of 19469 November 1950 - 15 November 1951
    ??LT Leo Peter Bauerlein, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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