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USS Accelerate (ARS-30)
Accelerate (ARS-30) (1942 - 1945)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Zulu - Oscar

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Accelerate Class Rescue and Salvage Ship
  • Built in 1921 as the steam-propelled mooring tender SS Toteco at Kyle and Purdy, City Island, N.Y. for the International Petroleum Co.
  • Acquired by Elmer D. Walling of Montclair, N.J., circa early 1930, renamed SS Walling
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 2 April 1942, renamed Accelerate (ARS-30)
  • Records indicate Accelerate was most likely operated by Merritt, Chapman, Scott Co. for the Navy in the 3rd Naval District at New York City during most of her naval service
  • Accelerate may have been placed in commission, 15 March 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, February 1946
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 August 1947
  • Sold in 1948 to C. Pateras and G. Glyptis of Venezuela, renamed SS Marigo, reflagged Venezuelan with various owners
  • Late 1970s registered as SS George and owned by Maritima Venezolana de Navegacion, S.A.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 400t.
    Length 129' 6"
    Beam 32'
    Draft 13' 9"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 6-pdrs
    one 20mm AA gun mount
    one 2-cycle compound steam engine
    one single end boiler

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    Diver 77k The steam-propelled mooring tender SS Toteco probably shown early in her career. Note the derrick amidships, probably for handling mooring buoys. She later became USS Accelerate (ARS-30).
    Steamship Historical Society of America (, used with permission. Photo # None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Accelerate (ARS-30)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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 27 November 2015