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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 29 January 1943 - Launched 20 April 1943
    Completed and delivered 9 August 1943

  1. USS YMS-291
    Commissioned 9 August 1943 - Decommissioned 1 November 1946

  2. YMS-291
    Placed as a Naval Reserve training ship 1 November 1946 at Chicago, IL

    Named and reclassified as Motor Minesweeper (AMS) 1 September 1947
    Placed out of service December 1949

    Recommissioned 15 February 1951

    Reclassified as Coastal Minesweeper, Old (MSC(O) 7 February 1955
    Decommissioned 18 December 1957 at San Diego, CA

    Placed in service as a Reserve training ship in California
    Placed in service as a Reserve training ship at Portsmouth, NH
    Placed out of service in 1968

    Struck from the Navy Register 1 October 1968
    Sold 10 December 1969 to John B. Clayton of Marietta, GA
    Sold in 1970 to King and Co. of Florida, Inc. of Merritt Island, FL and renamed Dragon Lady
    Sold in 1975 to Braxton B. Young of Cape Canaveral, FL
    Sold in 1976 to William J. Gifford of Absecon, NJ and renamed Diane Maria
    Sold in 1979 to Joseph M. Millen of Clinton NC and renamed Etta M.
    Out of documentation in 1988
    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. USS Reedbird MSC(O)-51 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

Panama City, FL


The ship had no postal facilities.



Other Information

NAMESAKE - A bobolink.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name REEDBIRD - USS Reedbird AMc-30 and USS Reedbird MSC(O)-51.



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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