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Argosy Lemal (S-6)

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 in 1923 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 Lemal (S-6) 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
  • Resold in 1971 taken to Townsville
  • 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
    Length 117'5"
    Beam 24'5"
    Draft 10'4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 12, made up of Australians, Americans, Norwegians, Scandinavians, Scots and British personnel
    Armament unknown
    Primary, Sails
    As Built - Auxiliary, one 79 hp 2SCSA oil engine
    Reengined in 1950, 280 hp diesel
    single screw

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    Argosy Lemal
    27k Water color painting by Arthur V Gregory (1867-1957), of Argosy Lemal under full sail off Cape Otway, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s.
    Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Queenscliffe, Victoria, Australia
    Tommy Trampp
    Argosy Lemal
    137k Argosy Lemal tied up with schooner Gerald, date and location unknown
    South Australian Maritime Museum
    Tommy Trampp
    Argosy Lemal
    138k Argosy Lemal loaded with wheat at Port Lincoln, South Australia, date unknown.
    South Australian Maritime Museum
    Tommy Trampp
    Argosy Lemal
    37k Argosy Lemal passes Ocean Steamers Wharf, Port Adelaide in 1937. Owned by Adelaide S.S. Coy subsidiary Yorke Shipping Pty Ltd, she traded between Port Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmania. Requestioned in November 1942 by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and assigned to the US Army Small Ships Section for service in the creeks and harbors of Papua New Guinea. SS Australia Star is alongside at Ocean Steamers Wharf in the background.
    Photo by Frank Finney, courtesy
    Tommy Trampp
    Argosy Lemal 29k US Army Radio Communications Ship Argosy Lemal (S-6) underway, date and location unknown. Commons Wikimedia
    Argosy Lemal 362k Ex- US Army Radio Communications Ship Argosy Lemal (S-6) in commercial service as the M B Crouch & Co Ltd. schooner Clair Crouch, circa 195264). © John Wilson, Shipspotting
    Argosy Lemal
    85k MB Crouch & Co Limited schooner Clair Crouch, circa 1953-1958, location unknown.
    South Australian Maritime Museum
    Tommy Trampp

    There is no history record available for Argosy Lemal (S-6) at NavSource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Army Small Ships Association Inc.
    The Forgotten Fleet
    Small Ships Section, Southwest Pacific Area of World War II

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