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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Fox - William - Yoke

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 by the Bellingham Marine Railway and Boat Building Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 9 January 1943
  • Completed and commissioned 29 July 1943 under the command of LTJG Ernest T. Chadwell, Jr., USNR
  • Decommissioned 1 February 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register 10 June 1947, transferred to the War Shipping Administration and sold to the Plaxco and Plaxco Corp. of Southport, NC, converted to a menhaden fisherman and
    named Plaxco
  • Sold in 1954 to the Brunswick Navigation Co. of Southport and renamed Cazart
  • Sold in 1967 to the Standard Products Co. of Kilmarnock, VA
  • Abandoned in 1978Fate 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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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-274 173k c. 1945/1946
    San Francisco Bay, CA
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 81014
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-274
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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