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Call sign:
Nan - Fox - Xray - Uncle

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 21 November 1942 by the Bellingham Marine Railway and Boat Building Co., Bellingham, WA
  • Launched 5 March 1943
  • Completed 22 September 1943, commissioned USS YMS-276 and assigned to the Pacific Fleet
  • Decommissioned 14 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 7 February 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in October 1947
  • Sold in 1948 to Russell Wolf of Metairie, LA and named Wolf IV
  • Sold in 1949 to Russell Wolf and Co., Inc. of Harvey, LA
  • Burned 23 September 1953 at the company's dock 4½ miles south of Harvey Locks at New Orleans, LA.


  • Displacement 245 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 23' 4"
  • Draft 8' 7"
  • Speed 14 kts.
  • Complement 60
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engins, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-276 215k From the collection of crewmember George Meier Jim Meier
    YMS-140 & 248 264k c. 1946
    In a floating dry dock forward of YMS-140
    Photo from the collection of William A. Powley, SC3c, crewmember YMS-140
    Pamela (Powley) Lindenau

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Richard H. Lawrence, USNR22 September 1943 - 1945
    02LTJG T. C. Clark, USNR1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-276
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen

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