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Redpoll (MSC[O] 57)

Call sign:
November - Golf - Xray - Yankee

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 10 June 1943 by Associated Shipbuilders, Lake Union, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 11 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-294, 11 September 1943
  • Completed and delivered 9 November 1943
  • Decommissioned 12 November 1945 and placed in service at New Orleans, LA
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for placing in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 8th Naval District (New Orleans) as September 1947
  • Named Redpoll and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-57, 1 September 1947
  • Recommissioned 20 November 1950
  • Reclassified a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-57, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 8 November 1957 and placed in service as a Naval Reserve training ship at Chattanooga, TN
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Navy Register 1 July 1959
  • Converted to an Oceanographic Research Vessel in 1960, renamed Sir Horace Lamb and assigned to Columbia University's Geophysical Field Station, Saint David's, Bermuda
  • Scrapped 1 December 1976.


  • 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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    USS Redpoll (MSC[O] 57)
    Redpoll 104k Richard Mellor
    Former crew member (ET3)
    Redpoll 207k Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 85397
    Mike Green
    R/V Sir Horace Lamb
    R/V Sir Horace Lamb 114k Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG W. L. Kilgore, USNR1945
    02Chief Boatswain W. W. Proby, USN20 November 1950 - August 1951
    03LT Charles Leonard Gillis, USNAugust 1951 - June 1952
    04LT Donald M. Dudzik, USNRJune 1952 - October 1952
    05LT Mitchell Joseph Karlowicz, USNOctober 1952 - November 1953
    06LCDR David Frederick Emerson, USN - USNA Class of 1950
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit with Combat V, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon - Retired as Vice Admiral
    1955 - 1957
    ??LT Denis-James Joseph Downey, USN - USNA Class of 1946
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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