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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Courtesy of Tim Higginbotham

Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Charlie - Love

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 30 May 1942 by the Weaver Shipyard, Orange, TX
  • Launched 9 December 1942
  • Completed 30 July 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 10 June 1947
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in October 1947
  • 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-250 182k From the collection of Charles R. Hegwood Jerry Hegwood
    YMS-250 123k Chief Boatswains Mate Jessie Olen Smith and Albert "Abe" Higginbotham
    Bedding is being "aired" on the life lines and gun mount
    Tim Higginbotham
    YMS-250 167k "Abe" Higginbotham
    YMS-250 122k Leghorn, Italy
    "Abe" Higginbotham catching some sleep with the ships mascot under the gun mount and an Italian destroyer sunk in background
    YMS-250 87k COX Walter Salvatore Ambrose, USNR sitting on a minesweeping paravane
    YMS-250 167k c. 1945
    Crew photo
    First row, third from right, CBM Smith

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