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Nightingale (MSC[O] 50)

Call sign:
November - Golf - Victor - Quebec

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The fifth Nightingale was laid down 30 November 1942 by the Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 27 February 1943
  • Delivered 14 June 1943
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-290, 17 July 1943
  • Named Nightingale, reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-50, 1 September 1947 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 1st Naval District (Boston)
  • Decommissioned in March 1950 at Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Recommissioned in February 1951
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-50, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register and sold 1 November 1959
  • 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 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    YMS-290 296k 27 February 1943
    Ten year old Miss Suzanne Marion christening the ship
    Andrew Lloyd
    USS YMS-290
    YMS-290 125k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay, CA
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84974
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Mark Goedjen, USNRFebruary 1951 - October 1951
    02LT Charles W. Knowlton, USNROctober 1951 - September 1952
    03LT Frank M. Powell, Jr., USNRSeptember 1952
    04LCDR James Ellis Baker, Jr., USN1955 - November 1957
    05LCDR John Halvor McKay, USNNovember 1957
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Nightingale (MSC[O] 50)
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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