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ex-HMS J-838

Marsdiep call sign:
Papa - Alpha - November - Golf

BYMS-2038 served the Navies of Great Britain and The Netherlands.

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 14 May 1942 as BYMS-38 by Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, NC
  • Launched 30 September 1942
  • Completed 14 April 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain 20 April 1943 and reclassified HMS J-838
  • Reclassified HMS BYMS-2038
  • Returned to U.S. custody 10 April 1946 (on paper only)
  • Loaned to The Netherlands 18 March 1946 and named Marsdiep (MV 36)
  • Sold to The Netherlands 27 July 1947
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the Netherlands as March 1947
  • Reclassified MV-24 and M-834
  • Reclassified as a Diving VesselA-906 in 1956
  • Struck from the U.S. Naval Register in 1956
  • Withdrawn from service in 1962 and struck from the Netherlands Navy list
  • 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 chage 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
    YMS-210 56k Moored between of Borndiep (MV 34) and Texelstroom (MV 39) Arie van Mazijk
    YMS-155 195k c. 1949
    Terschelling Island harbour
    Moored between Vliestroom (MV 38) and Oosterschelde (MV 42)
    Wim Vink
    YMS-155 159k c. 1949
    Terschelling Island harbour
    BYMS-2038 67k . Arie van Mazijk
    BYMS-2038 39k
    BYMS-2038 41k 7 November 1951
    Sweeping by the port of Vlissingen. The minesweeper Rozenburg (M 865) is on the right

    There is no DANFS history available for BYMS-2038
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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