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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive

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Pelican (MSC[O] 32)
ex-Pelican (AMS 32)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - India - Whiskey

Pelican served the Navies of the United States and Japan

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • The second Pelican was laid down 27 November 1943 as YMS-441 by Robert Jacob Inc., City Island, NY
  • Launched 13 November 1944
  • Completed 20 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS YMS-441, 21 February 1945
  • Present in Tokyo Bay during Japanese surrender ceremony in September 1945
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper and named Pelican (AMS 32), 18 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-32, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 16 April 1955, loaned to Japan and renamed Ogishima (MSC 659)
  • Returned to U.S. custody in April 1968
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 May 1968 and scrapped.


  • 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 880shp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS YMS-441
    YMS-441 148k
    Henry Reimer
    Michael Paul
    YMS-441 109k YMS-441 bringing up the rear behind an unidentified Fleet Minesweeper
    Pelican 73k Namesake: Pelican - Any of a genus of large web-footed birds with a very large bill and distenible gular pouch in which fish are caught Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 28 February 2020

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Pierre LaTour, USNR21 February 1945
    02LTJG Wilton Lee Atkinson, USN1947 - 8 June 1948
    03LTJG Henry Vernon Cronk, USN8 June 1948
    04LT Rich Erwin Cross, USN1950 - December 1951
    05LT Henry Albert Stambaugh, Jr., USNDecember 1951 - September 1952
    06LT Z. Meadows, USNRSeptember 1952 - 1953
    07LTJG R. E. Moreland, USN1953
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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