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Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Queen - Queen

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 5 April 1943 by Henry B. Nevins, Inc., City Island, NY
  • Launched 17 August 1943
  • Completed 13 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-309 in February 1944 under the command of LT Edward J. Burke, USNR
  • Assigned to the Caribbean Sea Frontier and arrived 12 November 1944
  • Participated in the invasion of Okinawa. Swept mines on both the western and eastern side of Okinawa. After the war was ordered to Sasebo, Japan, in November 1945, to sweep for new type acoustic
    mines. Late November 1945 ordered to Inland Sea where she swept mines at Hiroshima channels and the naval harbor of Kure. Returned to Pearl Harbor in late December 1945
  • Decommissioned 16 May 1946 at Seattle, WA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration in January 1947
  • Acquired in 1962 by Russell N. Olson of Seattle for use as a fishing boat and named Grain of Sand
  • Out of dicumentation in 1984
  • 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 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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