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Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - King - Xray

YMS-227 served the Navies of the United States and France

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 4 April 1942 as YMS-227 by Frank L. Sample, Jr., Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Launched 7 September 1942
  • Completed 20 March 1943
  • Transferred to France 20 March 1944 and named Zinnia (D 273)
  • Sold to France 21 March 1949
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 April 1949
  • Reclassified D-356, D-12 and M-652
  • Decommissioned 30 November 1961
  • 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 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
    YMS-227 182k 7 September 1942
    Launching and immediately after
    National Archives photos 19-N-45592 and 19-N-45593
    Mike Green
    YMS-227 200k
    Zinnia (D 273)
    YMS-227 100k Zinnia (foreground), conducting a sweep with two unidentified minesweepers Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-227
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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