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Cambrian Salvor (0361)
BARS-2 (1943 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
Victor - Lima - Victor - Victor
Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 February 1942, as BARS-2, under a Maritime Commission contract at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
  • Launched, 7 September 1942
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy, 20 May 1943, under terms of the Lend Lease Act, named Cambrian Salvor (0361)
  • Completed, 1 July 1943, and transferred to the Royal Navy placed in service as Cambrian Salvor (0361)
  • 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 1962 to sold in 1958 to Island Tug & Barge Ltd, Vancouver
  • Resold in 1962, renamed MV Caribische Zee
  • Resold in 1963, renamed MV Collinsea
  • Resold in 1971, renamed MV Francois C
  • Resold in 1981, renamed MV Ras Deira
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1981
    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

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    Cambrian Salvor 42k Port bow view of the Diver class Rescue and Salvage Ship, now part of the Commonwealth Salvage Board and renamed Cambrian Salvor, 26 May 1943, under way on San Pablo Bay, CA. The tug, formerly BARS-2, is seen five days after being transferred to the Royal Navy.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 303043
    Mike Green
    Cambrian Salvor 114k Cambrian Salvor under way in San Francisco Bay, 23 July 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo No. Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Cambrian Salvor 123k Cambrian Salvor under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo from "Warships of World War II", by H T Lenton & J J Colledge
    Robert Hurst
    Cambrian Salvor 66k Cambrian Salvor at Simpson Harbor, New Britain, 25 October 1945. The tug operated by the Commonwealth Salvage Board is carrying out it's second salvage since arriving at the harbor and by raising the Japanese freighter Kisargel Maru.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 098242
    Mike Green

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