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Parrakeet (AMS 30)

Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Victor - Charlie

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Parrakeet was laid down 30 October 1943 by the J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co., Tacoma, WA
  • Launched 10 May 1944
  • Completed and commissioned USS YMS-434, 15 November 1944
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper and named Parrakeet (AMS 30), 18 February 1947
  • Decommissioned 21 May 1947 at Puget Sound, WA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 June 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal 9 October 1947
  • Registered in 1949 to by L. H. Clark of Juneau, AK as the freight barge Dan out of Juneau
  • Stranded in Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia, Canada, 30 March 1949 and declared a loss.


  • Displacement 270 t.
    1949 - 259 t.
  • Length 136'
    1949 - 126'
  • Beam 24' 6"
    1949 - 25'
  • Draft 8'
    1949 - 11.3'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
    1949 - One
  • 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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    USS YMS-434
    YMS-434 242k c. 1946
    At anchor in San Francisco Bay upon return to the states after the end of WWII. Alcatraz Island is barely seen aft of the ship
    Photo courtesy of LTJG Irvin Atkinson
    Galen Atkinson
    YMS-434 166k c. 1946
    From the collection of Charles C. Swanke
    John J. Swanke
    Parrakeet 48k

    Parrakeet (Alternative spelling of parakeet) - Any of numerous usually small slender parrots with a long graduated tail

    Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Donald Birdwell, USNR15 November 1944 - 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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