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ex-HMS J-805

BYMS-5 was built for Great Britain and also served in the South Korean Navy.

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 31 October 1941 as BYMS-5 by the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, NY
  • Reclassified HMS J-805
  • Launched 17 August 1942
  • Completed, transferred to Great Britain 14 September 1942 and reclassified HMS BYMS-2005
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 November 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 December 1946
  • Transferred to South Korea 10 May 1947 and named Kil Chu (YMS 514)
  • Scrapped in 1959.


  • 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 tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    BYMS-2005 102k 17 August 1942 Paul Bane

    There is no DANFS history available for BYMS-5
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