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HM BYMS-2234
ex-HM J-1034

BYMS-2234 served only in the Royal Navy.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 27 April 1943 as YMS-234 by Frank L. Sample, Jr., Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Launched 4 September 1943
  • Completed 1 November 1943
  • Transferred to Great Britain 2 November 1943 and reclassified HM J-1034
  • Reclassified HM BYMS-2234
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 August 1947
  • Returned to U.S. custody 12 February 1948
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1948
  • 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 charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    BYMS-2234 52k Tommy Trampp
    BYMS-2234 150k BYMS-2234 crew members carrying trophies they have taken from the central fort at Cherbourg, [France] after the surrender of the port in 1944. The original caption only gave the name of her commander, Lt. T. Spall, DSC, which led to the identity of the ship, which he commanded at the time Military History Encyclopedia on the Web

    There is no DANFS History currently available for BYMS-2234
    Commanding Officers
    01T/Skr LT Thomas Henry Spall, DSC, RNR3 November 1943 - 18 September 1944
    02T/LT H. J. McKemp, RNZNR18 September 1944
    03T/Skr A. T. Varley, DSM, RNR21 March 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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