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Bullwheel (YO-46)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Mike - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Bullwheel Class Fuel Oil Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Built by Lake Superior Shipbuilding Co., Superior WI (YN 101)
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, 20 December 1941
  • Placed in service as Bullwheel (YO-46), 21 October 1942, LT Henry P. Timmers, USNR, in charge
  • During World War II Bullwheel was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and saw service at Seeadler Harbor Manus, Admiralty Islands, and at Ulithi Atoll in 1944-45
  • Placed out of service, circa late-1963-early 1964, in the Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold to Luzon Stevedoring Corp., Manila, and renamed LSCO Wawa, late November 1964
  • Final Disposition, deleted 1990
    Displacement 950 tons (lt) 1,731 tons (fl)
    Length 235'
    Beam 37'
    Draft 15' (max)
    Speed 10.6 knots
    Complement 4 officers, 30 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 10,000 barrels
    Armament unknown
    Enterprise Diesel engines
    two propellers 635shp
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    Bullwheel 114k Bullwheel (YO-46) at her fitting-out berth at Lake Superior Shipbuilding, shortly after launch, 20 December 1941.
    Photo from Kenneth Thro Collection, University of Wisconsin Superior, via Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
    Dave Wright
    Bullwheel 46k Bullwheel (YO-46) completing at Lake Superior Shipbuilding, date unknown.
    Photo from Kenneth Thro Collection, University of Wisconsin Superior, via Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
    Dave Wright
    Bullwheel 344k Bullwheel (YO-46) alongside SS Baranof at Kodiak, Alaska, 4 May 1943. Bullwheel and her three sisters were the basis of the Maritime Commission's design for the Mettawee (AOG-17) and Sakatonchee (AOG-19) classes, which were also initially classified as service craft (YOG). Baranof, a merchant ship under allocation to the Army, was originally a sister to USS Canopus (AS-9).
    National Archives photo 80-G-79700, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Bullwheel 767k Officers and crew of Bullwheel (YO-46) at Olongapo, Subic Bay, PI, 08 May 1946.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107091, donated by Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010
    Dave Wright

    Bullwheel (YO-46)
    DANFS entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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