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Rescuer (ARS-18)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - November - Tango
NJNT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Rescuer Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Built in 1904 as the tug Casper at United Engine Works
  • Acquired for the Navy, 6 February 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Seattle
  • Placed in service circa October 1942
  • Final Disposition, grounded and holed, 31 December 1942 near Scotch Cap, Aleutian Islands
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 December 1944
    Specifications:
    Displacement 738t
    Length 175' 6"
    Beam 34'
    Speed 10kts
    Armament four .30 cal. machine guns
    Propulsion unknown

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    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-36315
    108k Rescuer (ARS-18) underway probably shown upon completion of conversion at Seattle, WA., in October 1942
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo #'s 19-N-36315, 19-N-36312 and 19-N-36313, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Rescuer
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-36312
    73k
    Rescuer
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-36313
    106k
    Rescuer 64k Rescuer (ARS-18) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Rescuer 140k The abandoned wreck of Rescuer (ARS-18) and the Soviet merchant ship Turksib at Seal Cape, Alaska, 15 April 1943. Rescuer was trying to salvage Turksib when she was driven onto the beach, 1 January 1943. The freighter has already lost her stern to Alaskan storms.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, photo # 80-G-72686, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Rescuer 140k Close up view of the abandoned wreck of Rescuer (ARS-18) on the beach at Seal Cape, Alaska, 15 April 1943. Rescuer was trying to salvage the Soviet Turksib when she was driven onto the beach, 1 January 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, photo # 80-G-72686 (detail), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    Rescuer (ARS-18)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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
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    Last Updated 12 October 2012