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Seagull (MSC[O] 55)
AMS-55
ex-YMS-402



Call sign:
November - Papa - Alpha - Sierra

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 24 July 1942 by Henry B. Nevins, Inc., City Island, New York, NY
  • Launched 17 April 1943
  • Completed 25 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS YMS-402, 26 June 1943
  • Decommissioned 1 August 1946
  • Placed in service 30 October 1946 for use as a Naval Reserve training ship
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists plan for placing in service as a Naval Reserve training ship as September 1947 in the 3rd Naval District (New York)
  • Named Seagull and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-55, 1 September 1947
  • Recommissioned 10 May 1950
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper, (Old), MSC(O)-55, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 11 October 1957
  • Struck from the Navy Register 1 November 1959 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 320 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 6' 1"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 33
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts, two depth charge tranck and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Seagull 103k Seagull (MSC[O] 55) BMC Ivor J. Steadman, USN, Ret.
    Seagull 66k In drydock
    Seagull 72k c. 1956
    Crew of Seagull. LT Lawrence Traynor, Commanding (Front row, center)
    Seagull 62k c. 1960 Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG J. W. Gaines, USNR26 June 1943
    02Chief Boatswain David Earl Bartles, USN1950 - 10 September 1951
    03LT Theodore A. Stolte, USNR10 September 1951 - 1953
    04LT Ralph Glover Spencer, USN1954 - 1955
    05LCDR Lawrence Eugene "Larry" Traynor, USN1955 - February 1956
    06LT Frank Stevenson Conlon, USNFebruary 1956 - 11 October 1957
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Seagull (MSC[O] 55)
    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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