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Sanderling (MHC 49)
ex-Sanderling (AMCU 49)
ex-Sanderling (AMS 35)

Call sign:
November - Charlie - Romeo - Zulu


YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Mine Sweeper:

  • The third Sanderling was laid down 22 May 1943 as a Patrol Craft Sweeper, PCS-1393 by Robert Jacob, Inc., City Island, NY
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper, YMS-446, 27 September 1943
  • Launched 26 February 1944
  • Completed 8 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS YMS-446, 9 June 1944
  • Reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper, AMS-35 and named Sanderling 18 February 1947
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-49, 1 February 1955
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minehunter, MHC-49, 7 February 1955
  • Decommissioned 14 November 1957 at Green Cove Springs, FL
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
  • 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 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS YMS-446
    907k Launching of mine sweeper Sanderling (YMS-446) in Brooklyn, 2 September 1918. National Archives Identifier: 45511596
    Local Identifier: 165-WW-329B-1
    Photo courtesy of
    YMS-446 218k Courtesy of the City Island Nautical Museum Tom Nye
    USS Sanderling (AMS 35)
    Sanderling 21k

    Sanderling - A small sandpiper

    Tommy Trampp
    YMS-446 150k c. 1949
    Yorktown, VA
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    YMS-446 139k Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89233 Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Robert MacRoss, USNR9 June 1944
    02LTJG A. R. Johnson, USN1950 - April 1951
    03LT Dale S. Harris, USNApril 1951 - 18 June 1952
    04LT Donald O. Flach, USNR18 June 1952 - 17 December 1952
    05LTJG Ronald DeWese Waugh, USN - USNA Class of 1948-A17 December 1952
    ??LT Richard James McRostie, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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