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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Queen - Yoke - Jig


El Clare call sign(1948):
William - How - Roger - Xray

PCS-1376 Class Patrol Craft Sweeper/YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 3 December 1943 as Patrol Craft Sweeper, PCS-1411 by the Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, NY
  • Reclassified as an Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper, YMS-458, 26 September 1943
  • Launched 12 February 1944
  • Completed 9 October 1944
  • Commissioned 10 October 1944 under the command of LTJG Albert B. Holland, USNR
  • Decommissioned 1 December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 February 1947
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 26 September 1947
  • Registered in 1948 to Elmer C. Jakeway, Jr., of Ketchikan, AK as the freighter El Clare out of Ketchikan
  • Registered in 1956 to the Brunswick Navigation Co. of Southpport, NC as the fishing boat John M. Morehead out of Wilmington, NC
  • Acquired in 1967 by Standard Products, Inc. of Kilmarnock, VA for use as a fishing boat
  • Abandoned in 1978.


  • Displacement 270 t.
    1948 - 261 t.
    1956 - 265 t.
  • Length 136'
    1948 - 126'
  • Beam 24' 6"
    1948 - 25'
  • Draft 8'
    1948 - 11.3'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
    1948 - Six
  • 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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    YMS-404 233k YMS-404 alongside to starboard in San Francisco Bay, c. 1945
    Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84986
    Mike Green

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