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Patch contributed by Bill Valashinas

USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Sierra - Romeo
NCSR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal


Bowditch Class Hydrographic Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 May 1945, as SS South Bend Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC-2-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull MCV 694) at Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 30 June 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, and Waterman Steamship Corp,, 27 July 1945, at Portland, OR.
  • Commercial Service
  • Chartered to American Hawaii SS. Co., 29 September 1945, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Chartered by Sword Line Inc., 21 May 1947, at New York, N.Y.
  • Contact awarded to Boland and Cornelius, 12 August 1948, at Chester, PA., for Reserve Fleet preparation
  • Laid up, 28 August 1948, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C. Group
  • Contract awarded to Prudential SS Co., 29 July 1950, for activation
  • Chartered to Prudential SS Co., 17 August 1950, at Newport News
  • Contract awarded to Prudential SS. Co., 11 February 1952, at San Francisco, CA.., for Reserve Fleet preparation
  • Laid up, 22 October 1953, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Acquired by title transfer to the US Navy, 2 August 1957
  • Converted to a Survey Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Renamed Bowditch, 8 August 1957
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21), 8 October 1958
  • Placed our of service in 1988
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 4 March 1988
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 March 1988
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,420 t.(lt) 13,050 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 23
    Speed 16 kts.
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine with double reduction gear, 6,000 to 8,500hp

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    Bowditch 141k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) underway, date and location unknown. Ed Lanni and Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Bowditch 48k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Note the heavily damaged bow caused by a collision with a merchant ship Bill Valashinas
    Bowditch 95k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21 underway, at Charleston, S.C., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Bowditch 57k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, June 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Bowditch 45k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) underway in August 1969, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Bowditch 499k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) moored pierside at Trondheim, Norway, date unknown.
    Photo by Sigbjørn Baumeyer
    Stig Baumeyer for his father Sigbjørn Baumeyer
    Bowditch 50k Patch for Oceanographic Unit One embarked in USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) Mike Smolinski
    Bowditch 46k Patch for Oceanographic Unit One embarked in USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21) Mike Smolinski

    USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-21)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    Navy Survey Ships (AGS) Designator Listing
    Oceanographic Unit One
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