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Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Dog - Jig

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 6 July 1942 by the Ballard Marine Railway Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 19 December 1942
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-328, 26 May 1943 under the command of LT John S. NePage, USNR
  • Decommissioned 29 October 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 29 October 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 26 January 1948 and sold to Hal Jones of Seattle, WA
  • Acquired in 1958 by Beverly L. McCarvill of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for use as a yacht and named La Beverie
  • Acquired in 1962 by Goose Bay Ventures, Ltd. of Vancouver and renamed Wild Goose II
  • Acquired in 1963 by Batjac Productions (John Wayne) of Hollywood, CA and renamed Wild Goose
  • Upon John Wayne's death in 1979 the Wild Goose was sold to Lynn Hutchins of Los Angeles, CA
  • Acquired by Hornblower Yachts, Inc. of Marina del Rey, CA for use as a yacht
  • As of 2003 is still in operation as a cruise yacht.


  • 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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    YMS-330 116k 27 March 1943
    YMS-328 at the wharf on the left while launching YMS-330
    Photo Caption:

    "The Ballard Marine Railway Company, Inc. sent another minesweeper, the YMS-330, down the ways yesterday afternoon and towed the vessel to an outfitting wharf, where sister ships have been made ready to take part in the war effort."

    Tommy Trampp
    USS YMS-328
    YMS-328 233k David Buell
    YMS-328 115k San Francisco Bay circa 1945
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84982
    Mike Green
    Wild Goose
    Wild Goose 38k
    YMS-328 87k Photo from "Minesweeper: The Role of the Motor Minesweeper in World War II" by Michael J. Melvin, BEM Robert Hurst

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