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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 3 July 1942 - Launched 17 October 1942

  1. USS YMS-271
    Commissioned 21 April 1943 - Decommissioned 19 July 1946

    Placed in service, reclassified and named 1 September 1947

    Recommissioned 17 March 1950

    Reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Old), MSC(O)-49, 7 February 1955
    Decommissioned 18 September 1959

    Placed in service 30 October 1959 as a Naval Reserve training vessel
    Placed out of service in October 1968

    Struck from the Navy Register 1 October 1968
    Sold 10 December 1969 to John B. Clayton of Marietta, GA
    Sold in 1972 to Port Canaveral Scallops, Inc. of Port Canaveral, FL and renamed CALICO
    Out of documentation in 1990
    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


USPO Machine Postmark

Boston, MA


Mailed from the Naval Industrial Reserve Shipyard. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USS LORIKEET earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ three battle stars and the WWII Victory Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - A small brightly colored bird of the lory or brush-tongued parrot family found in Australia and New Guinea.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name LORIKEET - USS Lorikeet AMc-49 and USS Lorikeet MSC(O)-49



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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