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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"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 14' 8"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 59
    Largest Lifting Capacity 10 t.
    one single3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacities
    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)
    Vent 263k USS Vent (ARS-29) commissioning ceremony at Bellingham Marine Railway Co., Bellingham, WA., 7 April 1944. Rick Brenden
    Vent 146k 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
    Paul O'Donnell
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Vent 143k
    Vent 213k USS Vent (ARS-29) underway, date and location unknown. Rick Brenden
    Commercial Service
    75k MV Western Pioneer (ex-USS Vent (ARS-29) underway in Alaskan waters, date and location unknown.
    John Spivey

    USS Vent (ARS-29)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Bothell, Howard Herman, USNR7 April 1944 - October 1945
    02LT. Boncutter, Albert Christian, USNROctober 1945 - December 1945
    03LCDR. Kingman, Luin Grover, USNDecember 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
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