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Reedbird (MSC[O] 51)

Call sign:
November - Golf - Tango - Zulu

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Reedbird was laid down 29 January 1943 as YMS-291 by Associated Shipbuilders, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 20 April 1943
  • Completed, delivered and commissioned USS YMS-291, 9 August 1943
  • Decommissioned and placed in service 1 November 1946 at Chicage, IL
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for placing in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 9th Naval District (Great Lakes) as September 1947
  • Named Reedbird and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-51, 1 September 1947
  • Placed out of service in December 1949 at Orange, TX
  • Recommissioned 15 February 1951
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-51, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 16 December 1957 at San Diego, CA and placed in service as a Reserve training ship
  • Placed out of service, stripped and struck from the Navy Register 1 October 1968
  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-291 29k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    YMS-291 63k c. 1945 Domenic Salamida
    via Tim Traver
    YMS-291 109k c. 1945
    Entering San Francisco Bay
    Paul Bergstedt, Chief Engineer YMS-291
    via Dirk Nansen
    YMS-291 45k c. 1947
    Waves on board with the ships mascot
    Tommy Trampp
    YMS-291 57k c. 1947
    Visitors on board with the ships mascot
    Reedbird (MSC[O] 51)
    Reedbird 114k c. 1957
    U.S. Navy photo from the April 1962 edition of All Hands magazine
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    02LT Robert Rawson Monroe, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral1954 - 1956
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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