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Ruff (MSC[O] 54)
ex-AMS-54
ex-YMS-327



Call sign:
November - Quebec - Foxtrot - Delta

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 2 June 1942 by the Ballard Marine Railway Co. Inc, Seattle, WA
  • Launched 5 December 1942
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-327, 19 April 1943
  • Decommissioned 2 August 1946
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for placing in service as a Naval Reserve training ship in the 1st Naval District (Boston) as September 1947
  • Named Ruff and reclassified as an Motor Minesweeper, AMS-54, 1 September 1947
  • Recommissioned 10 March 1951
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-54, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 13 December 1957 and placed in service, in reserve
  • Placed in service as a Reserve training ship 30 October 1959
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register 14 November 1969 and subsequently sold
  • Ruff was the last ship of her class to leave the Navy
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    YMS-327
    YMS-327 196k . Kathy Wagner
    daughter of crew member Richard Sullivan
    YMS-327 119k
    YMS-327 139k Sunset at sea.
    YMS-327 201k Crew members
    YMS-327 31k c. 1943
    Midshipman Edward F. Moore, Jr.
    Patti Zapalac
    YMS-327 37k c. 1943
    Ensign Edward Moore
    YMS-327 55k Edward Moore, Jim Maury and the Commanding Officer, LT Robert S. Marshall
    YMS-327 45k Jim Maury, Captain Marshall and Edward Moore
    YMS-327 35k Jim Maury, Captain Marshall, Edward Moore and unidentified crew member
    YMS-327 55k Ships mascot
    YMS-327 50k Ships mascot with crewmembers. Richard Sullivan is on the right.
    Ruff (MSC[O] 54)
    YMS-327 117k . Arnold R. Hofmann, CDR, SC, USN, Retired

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert S. Marshall, USNR19 April 1943
    02LT G. A. Ashland, USNRMay 1945 - 2 August 1946
    03LT William N. Mire, USNR10 March 1951 - 21 September 1951
    04LT George A. Hatch, USNR21 September 1951 - 15 December 1952
    05LT William Cornell Magee, USNR15 December 1952 (Acting)
    06LCDR Louis Leonard Meier, Jr., USN1954 - June 1956
    07LT James A. Allen, USNJune 1956 - July 1958
    ??LT Philip William Wehrman, USN.
    ??LCDR William Gooding Fisher, Jr., USN.
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    Association of Minemen
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