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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49)
ex-AMS-49
ex-YMS-271



Call sign:
November - Foxtrot - Quebec - Golf

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 3 July 1942 by the Bellingham Marine Railway and Boatbuilding Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 17 October 1942
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-271, 21 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 19 July 1946 at Boston, MA
  • Placed in service 1 September 1947 as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 1st Naval District (Boston) assigned to Quincy-Hingham, MA, reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper and named Lorikeet (AMS 49)
  • Recommissioned 17 March 1950
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-49, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 18 September 1959 at New York
  • Placed in service 30 October 1959 as a Naval Reserve training vesse at Jersey City, NJ
  • Transferred to Perth Amboy, NJ in 1964
  • Placed out of service in October 1968. From 1 July 1964 to 3 September 1968, Lorikeet served as flagship for Commander, Naval Reserve Mine Division 31 and was based at Perth Amboy, N.J. She was relieved as flagship
    and Naval Reserve training ship by Meadowlark (MSC 196), not by Limpkin (MSC 195) as stated in her Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Navy Yard Group
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 October 1968
  • Sold 10 December 1969 to John B. Clayton of Marietta, GA
  • Sold in 1972 to Port Canaveral Scallops, Inc. of Port Canaveral, FL and renamed Calico
  • Out of documentation in 1990
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 215 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 13 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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    Size Image Description Source
    USS YMS-271
    YMS-271/94/183 69k YMS-271, YMS-94, and YMS-183 alongside an unidentified tender. Jim Matley
    YMS-271 52k 22 June 1946
    Naval Air Station Colon, Panama Canal.
    Richard W. Friedrich, F/1c, LSM-467
    USS Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49)
    Bluebird 95k U.S. Navy Minecraft Base Charleston, SC. View of Pier Baker from Ashley River showing crowded mooring condition at pier.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hall
    Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49)
    Linnet 273k 20 January 1969
    Berthed at the U. S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Pictured in a nest with six sister MSC(O)ís. Linnet (MSC[O] 24 moored between Siskin (MSC[O] 58) and Reedbird (MSC[O] 51) with Lorikeet astern. The stern of the Light Cruiser Portsmouth (CL 102) can be seen between Linnet and Reedbird
    Official U.S. Navy photos taken by the shipyard for use in the sales catalog found on board old headquarters ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in early 1971 at NISMF
    James Swank
    Plover 233k 20 January 1969
    Berthed at the U. S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Pictured in a nest with six sister MSC(O)ís. Lorikeet and Plover (MSC[O] 33). The stern of the Light Cruiser Portsmouth (CL 102) can be seen at right
    Official U.S. Navy photo taken by the shipyard for use in the sales catalog found on board old headquarters ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in early 1971 at NISMF
    YMS-271 260k 20 January 1969
    Berthed at the U. S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Pictured in a nest with six sister MSC(O)ís. Fulmar (MSC[O] 47) and Lorikeet and Plover (MSC[O] 33)
    Official U.S. Navy photo taken by the shipyard for use in the sales catalog found on board old headquarters ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in early 1971 at NISMF
    YMS-271 398k 20 January 1969
    Stern view of Lorikeet berthed at the U. S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Pictured in a nest with six sister MSC(O)ís
    Official U.S. Navy photo taken by the shipyard for use in the sales catalog found on board old headquarters ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in early 1971 at NISMF
    Turkey 355k 20 January 1969
    Berthed at the U. S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Turkey and Reedbird (MSC[O] 51) are pictured in a nest with six sister MSC(O)ís. Lorikeet is astern and to the right of Reedbird
    Official U.S. Navy photos taken by the shipyard for use in the sales catalog found on board old headquarters ship Chandeleur (AV 10) in early 1971 at NISMF

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Charles C. Roberts, Jr., USNR21 April 1943
    02LT Charles E. Scherneck, USN17 May 1943
    03LTJG Carl J. Verplank, USNR1945
    04LTJG William J. O'Brien, USN17 March 1950 - December 1950
    05LTJG Thomas Frank Gerecke, USNDecember 1950 - December 1951
    06LT William Haley Rogers, USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralDecember 1951 - August 1952
    07LTJG Robert L. Scott, USNAugust 1952 - 1953
    08LT Orlie Gordon Baird, USN1956
    09LCDR Alvin Masterson, Jr., USN1962 - 1965 (OIC)
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Lorikeet (MSC[O] 49)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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