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BYMS-37 served the Navies of Great Britain and Italy.

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 5 May 1942 as BYMS-37 by the Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, NC
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Completed 14 March 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain as J-837, 15 March 1943
  • Reclassified BYMS-2037
  • Returned to U.S. custody 23 May 1947, transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission sold to Italy and named Orchidea (DR 406)
  • Reclassified M-5412
  • Struck from the Navy Register 10 June 1947
  • Fate unknown.


    Displacement 270 t.
    Length 136'
    Beam 24' 6"
    Draft 8'
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 32
    Armament: One 3"/50 gun mount, two 20mm, and two dcp
    Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    BYMS-2037 95k . Joe Radigan

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    Association of Minemen
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