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Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Nan - Oboe

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 May 1942 by the Hiltebrant Dock Co., Kingston, NY
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Completed 29 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-198, 31 May 1943 under the command of LT Blake H. Beatty, Jr., USNR and assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 15 August 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in June 1947
  • Sold in 1967 to Maxie, Inc. of Newfield, NJ for use as a fishing boat and named Maxie
  • Sold in 1968 to Tropical Inport Export, Inc. of Miami, FL and renamed Taurus
  • Operated in 1974 under the Panamanian flag
  • 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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    YMS-53 196k c. March 1946
    Terminal Island, CA
    YMS-53 moored inboard of YMS-198 with YMS-177 astern
    Photo from the collection of LTJG Jack W. Norris, XO, YMS-56
    Paul Norris

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-198
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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