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USS Restorer (ARS-17)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Victor - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Restorer (ARS-17) was transferred to Denmark renamed KDMS Vitus Bering
Anchor Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
Laid down, 25 March 1942, at Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME.
Launched, 24 October 1942
Commissioned USS Restorer (ARS-17), 6 October 1943, LT. C. M. Boyd, USNR, in command
During WWII USS Restorer was assigned to Europe-Africa Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|West Coast of Italy operations
Anzio-Nettuno, 28 February to 1 March 1944
|Invasion of Southern France
15 August to 25 September 1944
Decommissioned, 6 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS Restorer earned two battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 April 1947 for disposal
Sold to Denmark and commissioned into the Royal Danish Navy, 27 February 1948, as KDMS Vitus Bering, at New Orleans, LA.
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,615 t.(fl)
Length 183' 3"
Draft 14' 8"
Speed 12 kts
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
four single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 1,000 Bbls
Gasoline 3,000 Gals
four Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co. 685A Diesel-electric engines
three Diesel-drive 40Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,200shp
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||USS Restorer (ARS-17) running the measured mile off Rockland, ME., 5 October 1943, one day before commissioning.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo No. 19-N-61961
a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy Shipscribe.com
||USS Restorer (ARS-17) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
USS Restorer (ARS-17)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Boyd, Charles Melvin, USNR||6 October 1943 - 25 August 1945|
|02||LT. Rogers, John Walton, USN||25 August 1945 - 6 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 24 April 2020
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