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USS Goldfinch (AMS-12)
Career (United States)
Ordered: as YMS-306
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Commissioned: 20 January 1944
Decommissioned: 11 October 1957
Struck: 1 November 1957
Fate: sold, 2 June 1960, to the Maine Vocational Technical Institute
General characteristics
Displacement: 270 tons
Length: 136 ft (41 m)
Beam: 24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Speed: 13 knots
Complement: 50
Armament: one 3” gun mount

USS Goldfinch (AMS-12/YMS-306) was a YMS-1-class minesweeper of the YMS-135 subclass acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of removing mines from minefields laid in the water to prevent ships from passing.

Goldfinch, a wooden-hulled motor minesweeper, was built as YMS-306 by Rice Brothers Corp., East Boothbay, Maine, and commissioned 20 January 1944, Lt. (j.g.) K. B. Roberts in command.

Operational history

YMS-306 departed Boston, Massachusetts, 6 February for shakedown training off Norfolk, Virginia, and upon completion reported to Bermuda for minesweeping duty, arriving 16 April 1944. Returning to Norfolk, the ship prepared for Pacific Ocean duty and departed for California 18 July 1945. She arrived San Pedro, California, via the Panama Canal 14 August, and after undergoing extensive repairs departed for Pearl Harbor, arriving 2 January 1946.

The minesweeper returned to the United States a month later, 5 February, and sailed 7 April for the U.S. East Coast via the Panama Canal. She arrived Charleston, South Carolina, harbor 1 May 1946, and began a regular schedule of training and readiness operations with Mine Force, Atlantic Fleet. Her operations during the next years took her from Charleston to Panama City, Florida, and Key West, Florida, and occasionally as far north as Argentia, Newfoundland. She participated in both individual and fleet training exercises, including amphibious operations in the Caribbean in February 1950 and off Onslow Bay, North Carolina, November 1954.

She was named Goldfinch (AMS-12) 17 February 1947. Her designation was changed to MSO(O)-12, 7 February 1955. The ship continued her schedule of sweeping operations until 15 July 1957 when she sailed from Charleston to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Arriving 18 July, she decommissioned 11 October 1957 and was placed in the Philadelphia Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy List 1 November 1957 and sold 2 June 1960 to the Maine Vocational Technical Institute.

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