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|256k||USS Viburnum (AN-57) commissioning ceremony, 27 June 1944, at Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Co., Stockton, CA.||Chris Culpepper|
Photo No. 82
|94k||USS Viburnum (AN-57) being temporarily patched in USS ARDL-32 in preparation for the voyage back to San
Francisco for permanent repairs. Structural support for main the deck are shown in this photo.
USS Viburnum (AN-57), a wooden hull ship, struck a contact mine at frame 12 starboard on 28 October 1944.
The explosion tore a hole in the shell between frames 6 and 17 starboard and from the keel to the second deck side longitudinal, tore a hole In the second deck and in the
port side of the main deck The keelson and planking about 3 feet to port were shattered between frames 7 and 18. The bolts pulled loose in connections between the shell
and all bulkheads forward of frame 30. All spaces forward of bulkhead 30 flooded to the waterline as the ship took on a draft of 21 feet forward and 10 feet aft.
After the ship was drydocked, debris and damaged planking were cleared away and temporary repairs were began.
Since neither proper materials nor trained personnel were available to do the required wood repairs, it was necessary to use steel.
Source: Structural Repairs in Forward Areas During World War II, Bureau of Ships Navy Department, December, 1949,
Photo No. 82 - Looking aft at hole in starboard shell plating where the mine struck the ship
Photo No. 83 - Showing hole in main deck, port side from overhead from superstructure. Below deck level is being cleaned out before rebuilding the inside hull and then main deck structures
Photo No. 89 - Temporary mine damage repair showing connection between transverse frames and undamaged wooden hull structure
Photo No. 93 - Structural supports for main the deck are shown in this photo
Photo No. 83
Photo No. 89
Photo No. 93
|01||LT. Smith, Benjamin Adams, USNR||27 June 1944 - 15 December 1944|
|02||LT. Church, A. B., USNR||15 December 1944 - 12 July 1945|
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