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USS Vent (ARS-29)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Bravo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Anchor Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
Authorized under Lend-Lease to the Royal Navy as Queen Salvior (BARS-12)
Laid down, 29 January 1943, as Vent (ARS-29), 29 January 1943, at Bellingham Marine Railway, Co., Bellingham, WA.
Launched, 30 June 1943
Commissioned, USS Vent (ARS-29), 7 April 1944, LT. Howard H. Bothell, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Vent was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Vent was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 5 June 1946
Decommissioned, 30 August 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
Sold, 30 June 1948, to Henry J. Barbey
Resold in 1949, renamed MV Western Pioneer
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,615 t.
Length 183' 3"
Draft 14' 8"
Speed 12 kts.
Largest Lifting Capacity 10 t.
one single3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
Diesel 985 Bbls
Gasoline 3,000 Gals
two Cooper Bessemer Diesel-electric engines
three Diesel-drive 40Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
two propellers, 1,200shp
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||USS Vent (ARS-29) commissioning ceremony at Bellingham Marine Railway Co., Bellingham, WA., 7 April 1944.
||USS Vent (ARS-29) underway, near Bellingham, WA., 14 April 1944.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-64359 and 19-N-64361 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS Vent (ARS-29) underway, date and location unknown.
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||MV Western Pioneer (ex-USS Vent (ARS-29) underway in Alaskan waters, date and location unknown.
USS Vent (ARS-29)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Bothell, Howard Herman, USNR||7 April 1944 - October 1945|
|02||LT. Boncutter, Albert Christian, USNR||October 1945 - December 1945|
|03||LCDR. Kingman, Luin Grover, USN||December 1945 - 30 August 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 25 November 2022
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