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ex-HMS J-1044

YMS-244 served only in the Royal Navy.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 5 October 1942 as YMS-244 by Tacoma Boat Building Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 18 December 1942
  • Completed 3 July 1943, transferred to Great Britain and reclassified HMS J-1044
  • Reclassified HMS BYMS-2244
  • Struck from the Naval Register 13 December 1946
  • Returned to U. S. custody 14 November 1947 and transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • 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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    YMS-244 49k 18 December 1942
    Tacoma Boat Building Co.
    YMS-244 47k 18 December 1942
    After launching
    HMS BYMS-2244
    YMS-244 172k Original photo: c. 1944
    Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships
    Replacement photo: Imperial War Museum photo A22484
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Paul Silverstone

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-244
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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