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Jackdaw (MSC[O] 21)
ex-AMS-21
ex-YMS-373



Call sign:
November - Delta - Alpha - Xray


Jackdaw served the Navies of the United States and Brazil.

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 28 December 1942 by Weaver Shipyards, Orange, TX
  • Launched 29 January 1944
  • Completed 28 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS YMS-373, 29 April 1944
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for decommissioning and placing in reserve at San Diego, CA as February 1947
  • Named Jackdaw and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-21, 18 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-21, 7 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
  • Transferred to Brazil 18 January 1960 and renamed Jurva (M 13)
  • 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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    YMS-373 134k c. 1945
    San Francisco Bay
    Brian Cleveland
    YMS-373 34k Otto R. Cleveland, crew member

    Commanding Officers
    01LT D. Ditzler, USN1950 - January 1952
    02LT T. J. Murphy, USNJanuary 1952 - December 1952
    03LT John Rives Crumpton, Jr., USNDecember 1952 - 1954
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships History:

    Jackdaw

    A common crow-like bird, easy to tame, that is noted for pilfering small articles.

    YMS-373, commissioned 29 April 1944 was reclassified AMS-21 and given the name Jackdaw 17 February 1947. Struck from the Navy List 1 January 1960 and transferred to Brazil as Jurva (M13) in January 1963.


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    Association of Minemen
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