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Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Peter - George

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 September 1942 by Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL
  • Launched 7 January 1943
  • Completed 24 August 1943
  • Commissioned 25 August 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 June 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 14 February 1948 and sold
  • Registered in 1949 to Gulf Coast Sea Foods, Inc. of Houston, TX as the miscellaneous vessel Texas E out of Houston
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
    1949 - 257 t.
  • Length 136'
    1949 - 126'
  • Beam 24' 6"
    1949 - 25'
  • Draft 8'
    1949 - 11.3'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
    1949 - Seven
  • 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-347 302k c. August 1943
    Commissioning crew photo
    Front row: Commanding Officer, LT C. L. Rich on the left
    Boyce Sherrill
    YMS-347 245k Tony Mireles
    YMS-347 254k Taking on fuel
    YMS-347 226k
    YMS-347 137k 23 May 1944
    Londonderry, Northern Ireland
    Before departing Londonderry, HMCS Trentonian (K 368) took on a full load of ammunition for all her weapons. Temporarily piled like cord wood, the gunners are storing the rounds in the ready use lockers on the forward gun deck and the remainder will go below to the 4 inch magazine. YMS-347 is off her starboard bow
    Photo by Allen E. Singleton, RCNVR, courtesy of Bruce Keir, RCNVR
    BR SCPO Erling Baldorf, RDN, Retired
    YMS-347 436k Deployment summary and operation of YMS-347, 14 December 1943 - 30 March 1945 Boyce Sherrill

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Charles L. Rich, USNR25 August 1943 - 22 January 1945
    02LTJG Marvin Bernard Solomon, USNR22 January 1945 - August 1945
    03LT Emery Lyle Burgess, USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    04LTJG Malcolm S. Weir, USNRDecember 1945 - 19 June 1946
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS history available for YMS-347
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