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ex-HMS J-808

BYMS-8 served the Navies of Great Britain and Korea.

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 November 1941 as BYMS-8 by the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, NY
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Completed and transferred to Great Britain 19 October 1942 and reclassified HMS J-808
  • Reclassified HMS BYMS-2008
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 November 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 13 December 1946
  • Transferred to South Korea 10 May 1947 and named Yong Kung (YMS 518)
  • Scrapped in 1955.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    HMS J-808
    BYMS-8 123k 18 October 1942
    Whitestone, NY
    Photographed by Rosenfeld and Sons
    Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection
    HMS BYMS-2008
    BYMS-8 151k 12 March 1945
    Carrying troops of the 26th Indian Infantry Division on their approach to the Letpan landings in Burma
    From the collection of Major Jack Crane, Royal Army
    Rob Crane
    Yong Kung (YMS 518)
    BYMS-8 65k Yong Kung (YMS 518) .

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