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Hornbill (MSC[O] 19)
ex-AMS-19
ex-YMS-371



Call sign:
November - Charlie - Xray - Lima

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 17 November 1942 by Weaver Shipyards, Orange, TX
  • Launched 27 November 1943
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-371, 29 February 1944
  • Named Hornbill and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-19, 18 February 1947
  • Assigned duty at San Francisco, CA as a Naval Reserve training vessel in November 1948
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-19, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned in 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
  • Sold 30 June 1960 and renamed Los Buscaderos
  • Sold in 1968 and renamed Peacock
  • Renamed Spirit of America
  • Sunk at Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island, California.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 245 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 22' 9"
  • Draft 6' 3"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 50
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose mount and two 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    YMS-371
    YMS-371 98k . .
    Hornbill (AMS 19)
    Hornbill 92k . Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John L. Grace, Jr., USNR29 February 1944
    ??LT Otto Darby Tiderman, USN1951 - September 1952
    ??LT Thomas Arthur Doyle, USNRSeptember 1952
    ??LTJG Robert Allen Shaid, USN1955 - 1956
    ??LT Charles Edwin Gurney, III, USN - USNA Class of 1952
    Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    1956 - 1957
    ??LT Clement Davis Hamm, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1953
    Retired as Captain
    1957 - 30 September 1957
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the YMS-371
    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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