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HMS American Salvor
BARS-5 (1943 - 1944)

BARS-5 HMS American Salvor Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 April 1942, as BARS-5, under a Maritime Commission contract at Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, N.C.
  • Launched, 27 December 1942
  • Assigned to the Royal Navy under terms of the Lend Lease Act, named American Salvor
  • Completed, 8 September 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy, 9 September 1943, commissioned HMS American Salvor
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 10 December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for merchant service in November 1946
  • Renamed Aptotos in 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown, deleted in 1955
    Displacement 1,123 t.(lt) 1,615 t.(lim)
    Length 183' 2"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 14' 7" (lim)
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 34
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    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, 1,200 shp

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