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Goldfinch (MSC[O] 12)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Kilo - Foxtrot

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 7 September 1942 by Rice Brothers Corp., Boothbay, ME
  • Launched 27 November 1942
  • Completed 18 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS YMS-306, 20 January 1944
  • Decommissioned 2 January 1947
  • Named Goldfinch and reclassified as an Auxiliary Minesweeper, AMS-12, 17 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-12, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 11 October 1957 at Philadelphia, PA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 2 November 1957
  • Sold in 1961 to the Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute of South Portland, ME for use as a fishing boat and renamed Aqualab
  • Acquired in 1972 by Peter G. Bryant of Portland, ME
  • Acquired in 1973 by Aqualab Off-Shore-Fisheries of South Portland
  • Advertised for sale in 1977 as a vessel needing salvage after spending an unknown period of time at a pier in Fort Washington, MD and then being relocated to Piscataway Creek, Fort Washington,
    across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon, VA where she sank to deck level
  • Purchased in 1978 by Captain Bott of Bott Marine International (BMI), salvaged and renamed Maida Lee for use as a base of operations for BMI in Key West, FL
  • Sunk as part of the Key West Gulfside artificial reef system.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 13 kts
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 1,000shp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Goldfinch (AMS 12)
    YMS-306 53k Joe Radigan
    YMS-303 201k c. 1950s
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 79734
    Mike Green
    USS Goldfinch (MSC[O] 12)
    MSC(O)-12 85k c. mid-1956
    Entering harbor at Havana, Cuba
    Rob Benson

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Kenneth B. Roberts, USNR20 January 1944
    02LT Robert Dale Wood, USN1950 - September 1951
    03LT G. P. Maskas, USNSeptember 1951 - June 1952
    04LTJG Hexter Amos Williams, USN - USNA Class of 1947June 1952
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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