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Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Queen - Xray

YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 March 1944 by the C. Hiltebrant Drydock Co., Kingston, NY
  • Launched 28 September 1944
  • Completed 20 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS YMS-445, 21 March 1945 under the command of LTJG John E. Boyd, USNR
  • Decommissioned 1 January 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register 5 March 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 13 May 1947
  • Acquired later in 1947 by the Macco Construction Co. of Clearwater, CA and named La Busca
  • Acquired in 1954 by the Smith-Rice Barge No. 3 Co. of Long Beach, CA
  • Acquired in 1956 by the Submarex Corp. of Santa Barbara, CA
  • Operated in 1960 underthe Panamanian flag
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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