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Crow (MSC[O] 7)
ex-AMS-7
ex-YMS-215



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Alpha - Kilo

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Crow was laid down 18 August 1942 by Robert Jacob Inc., City Island, NY
  • Launched 22 February 1943
  • Completed 22 July 1943 and commissioned YMS-215
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-7, 17 February 1947 and named Crow the following day
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve as February 1947
  • Reclassified a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-7, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 November 1959
  • 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 projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-215 80k Fitting out at the Robert Jacob shipyard, City Island, New York, circa March 1943
    National Archives photo 19-N-43816 (cropped)
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LT J. J. Blair, USNR1945
    02LT Charles Eugene Little, USNMarch 1947 - October 1948
    03LTJG Robert Leonard Starkweather, USN1950 - 1952
    04LT Thomas Dominic Pfundstein, USNMay 1952
    05LT Richard L. Alford, USN1953 - 1954
    06LT Ernest Carl Castle, USN1956
    07LCDR Roger Leonard Buck, USN - USNA Class of 1950
    Retired as Captain
    .
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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