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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    YMS-1 Class Auxiliary Motor Minesweeper
    Keel laid 1 December 1942 - Launched 15 April 1943
    Completed 28 June 1943

  1. USS YMS-268
    Commissioned 31 July 1943 - Decommissioned 2 August 1946

  2. YMS-268
    Placed in service as a Reserve Training Ship, 1 November 1946

    Named Lapwing and reclassified as a Motor Minesweeper (AMS-48) 1 September 1947
    Recommissioned 12 February 1951

    Reclassified a Coastal Minesweeper (Old) MSC(O)-48 7 February 1955
    Decommissioned 17 November 1957

    Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959
    Sold in 1963 to Humphreys Railways, Inc. of Weems, VA and renamed WEEMS
    Sold to the Standard Products Co., Inc. of Kilmarnock, VA
    Sold to Yale H. Iverson of Beaufort, NC and renamed ENDEAVOR
    Sold in the early 1990s to a religious order from Ohio
    Out of documentation in 1991 and reported foundered
    Fate unknown.

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Machine Postmark

Bayonne, NJ


JohnGermann Lapwing MSC(O)48 19571021 1 Front.jpg

The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

YMS-268 earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one battle star and the WWII Victory Medal for her World War II service.

NAMESAKE - Named after the lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).

The ships sponsor was Mrs. J. H. Granger.

There has been two ships of the US Navy that have borne the name LAPWING - USS Lapwing AVP-1 and USS Lapwing MSC(O)-48.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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