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HMS American Salvor
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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 Least 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
    Specifications:
    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.
    Armament
    one single 3'/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,300 Bbls
    Gasoline 2,450 Gals
    Propulsion
    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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