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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
International Radio Call Sign:
Victor - Juliet - Delta - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Radio Communications Ship
Built in 1917 as the three-masted steel-hulled auxiliary schooner De Lauwers by Gebroeders van Diepen in Waterhuizen, the Netherlands
Sold in 1920 to Argosy Shipping and Coal Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, renamed Argosy Lemal
Sold to Yorke Shipping Pty Ltd of Australia for the coastal shipping trade, Yorke Shipping later became a subsidiary of the Adelaide Steamship Co.
Requestioned in November 1942 by the Commonwealth Government of Australia
Assigned to the US Army Small Ships Section, as a Radio Communication Ship in the Arafura and Timor Seas
Following World War II Argosy Lamel was sold to the Middle East Trading Co. in 1949 and renamed Ametco
Resold in 1952 to MB Crouch & Co Limited, renamed Clair Crouch
Converted to carry sulphuric acid in 1958 between Port Pirie and Port Lincoln in South Australia
Resold in 1964 Mornington Island Fishing Co., renamed Booya used as a mother ship and fuel supply vessel for the Northern prawn fleets
Laid up in 1965-66
Resold in 1968 to the Denham Island Transport Co. trading cargo mainly between Dili and Darwin
Final Disposition, foundered, 25 December 1974, during Cyclone Tracy after leaving her berth at Darwin. Her wreck was discovered, 22 October 2003, in Darwin Harbor, lying on her
starboard side in about 20 meters of water, five nautical miles (9 km) from shore
Displacement 254 t. gross
Complement 12, made up of Australians, Americans, Norwegians, Scandinavians, Scots and British personnel
Auxiliary, one 79 hp 2SCSA oil engine
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||US Army Radio Communications Ship Argosy Lamel at anchor, date and location unknown.
||Ex- US Army Radio Communications Ship Argosy Lamel in commercial service as the M B Crouch & Co Ltd. schooner Clair Crouch, circa 1952–64).
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