Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Caledonian Salvor (0368)
BARS-1 (1943 - 1948)

Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 February 1942, as BARS-1, under a Maritime Commission contract at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 22 August 1942
  • Completed, 20 May 1943, and transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend Lease, placed in service as Caledonian Salvor (0368)
  • Assigned to the Commonwealth Salvage Board as a salvage and repair ship in New Guinea
  • Turned over to Australia, 2 September 1945, under Lend Lease.
  • Sold to Australia, 5 August 1948,
  • Title transferred, 12 October 1948
  • Placed out of service by the Australian Navy, date unknown
  • Sold for merchant service in 1958 to Island Tug & Barge Ltd, Vancouver, renamed MV Sudbury II, reflagged Fiji
  • Sold in 1981 for service as a fishing vessel, renamed FV Lady Pacific
  • Final Disposition, sank off Prince Rupert Island, B. C., 31 October 1982
    Displacement 1,334 t.(lt) 1,940 t.(fl)
    Length 213' 6"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 14' 1"
    Speed 14.8 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four single .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,300 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,450 Gals
    Cooper Bessemer Diesel-electric engines
    two Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    twin propellers, 3,000shp

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    Australian Salvage and Rescue Vessel
    Caledonian Salvor
    US National Archives Photo # Photo No. 19-N-46668
    66k Caledonian Salvor under way in San Pablo Bay CA., 26 May 1943.
    US National Archives Photo #'s 19-N-46668,
    US National Archives Photo #'s 19-N-46667 and
    US National Archives Photo #'s 19-N-46670
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Caledonian Salvor
    US National Archives Photo # Photo No. 19-N-46667
    Caledonian Salvor
    US National Archives Photo # Photo No. 19-N-46670
    Caledonian Salvor 63k Caledonian Salvor at Rabaul, New Britain, 30 September 1945. The tug, operated by the Commonwealth Salvage Board, is working alongside the Japanese tanker IJN Naruto (No. 5301), which was damaged in Simpson Harbor twelve months earlier by Allied bombing.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 097427
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    Caledonian Salvor 396k Ex-Caledonian Salvor under way off the Canadian Pacific coast as the Island Tug & Barge Ltd, tug MV Sudbury II date unknown.
    Photo from "Warships of World War II", by H T Lenton & J J Colledge
    Robert Hurst

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Service Ship Photo Index Back To The Rescue and Salvage Ship (ARS) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 10 July 2015