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Call sign:
Nan - George - Nan - Fox

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 30 September 1942 by the San Diego Marine Construction Co., San Diego, CA
  • Launched 30 December 1942
  • Completed 21 September 1943, commissioned USS YMS-283 and assigned to the Pacific Fleet
  • Decommissioned 4 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 7 February 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in November 1947
  • Sold in 1963 to Louise M. Stanculescu of Seattle, WA for use as a fishing boat and named Yankee Trader
  • Sold in 1968 to Sherman F. Miller of Portland, OR
  • Stranded 27 December 1971 at San Pedro, CA
  • 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 General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-283 94k 30 December 1942
    Joan Willis
    YMS-283 119k San Diego newspaper photo of Miss Joan Willis, ships sponsor
    YMS-283 103k Miss Joan Willis being held by the owner of San Diego Marine Construction, Captain Oakley J. Hall
    USS YMS-283
    YMS-283/320 230k c. 1944
    Captain Bojens (left) visiting with Captain Herb Etchegaray aboard the YMS-320 in Kwajalein lagoon
    Photo from the colletion of Herbert S. Etchegaray
    Cliff Schroff
    YMS-283 238k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay
    Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 79693
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Kenwood R. Bojens, USNR21 September 1943
    02LT J. W. Holmes, USNRMay 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Bill Gonyo

    There is no DANFS History currently available for YMS-283
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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