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HM BYMS-2079
ex-HM J-879
ex-BYMS-79



BYMS-79 was built for Great Britain

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:
  • Built by Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, NY
  • Laid down as BYMS-79, 29 October 1942
  • Launched 22 May 1943
  • Completed 24 July 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain and reclassified J-879
  • Reclassified BYMS-2079
  • Returned to U.S. custody, 08 May 1948
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    BYMS-79
    1119207901
    444k J. Grimley
    BYMS-79
    1119207902
    45k Conducting sweep operations.
    BYMS-79
    1119207903
    83k One of the General Motors 8-268A main engines
    BYMS-2157
    111915702
    51k Moored inboard of BYMS-2157 Tommy Trampp
    BYMS-2157
    111915703
    50k
    BYMS-2079
    1119207909
    127k BYMS-2079 underway, location unknown, circa 1945. Mike Brewser
    Mike Brewser Curios
    BYMS-2079
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    117k LT Kenneth Edward Moxley RNVR (Birkenhead,05 March 1922 - March 2004) served aboard BYMS-2079 in 1945.
    He is the center officer in photo 1 below, as well.
    Mike Brewser
    Mike Brewser Curios

    Photos from the collection of Raymond Grimley, Crewmember HM BYMS-2079

    Contributed by J. Grimley

    (If you know the identity of any of these crew members, please send an email with their names)

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    There is no DANFS history available for BYMS-79
    Commanding Officers
    01T/A/LCDR A. F. Fox, RNVR25 July 1943 - 15 November 1943
    02T/LT Harold Russell Walker, DSC, RNVR15 November 1943 - 27 September 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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