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USS Nashawena (YAG-35)
USS Nashawena (AG-142) (1947)
COL. William A. Glassford (BSP-2098) (1944 - 1947)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - November - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Self-propelled Wooden-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
  • Laid down in 1944 at Seattle Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Seattle, WA. for the US Army Signal Corps as Col. William. A. Glassford (BSP-2098) a wooden-hulled self-propelled barge cable layer
  • Transferred to the Navy, 20 June 1947, commissioned USS Nashawena (AG-142), the same day, LT. William Kelly Bickenbach, USN in command
  • Reclassified District Miscellaneous Auxiliary YAG-35, 9 September 1947
  • Decommissioned, 17 August 1953, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, laid up at Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold, 1 June 1960, to Anthony Zahardis, for use in cable work by Omega Hydrospace Services, Inc., Washington D.C. (acquired US Undersea Cable Corp. in 1966), renamed Omega (ON 285876), subsequently struck from the Naval Register
  • To British registry circa 1962, homeported Nassau Bahamas (British ON 315947)
  • Reflagged Panamanian in 1968
  • Sold in 1971 to International Marine Operations, Inc., Liberian, reflagged Liberian, name retained
  • Sold again in 1973
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown, dropped from Lloyds Register in early 1980s
    Displacement 602 t.(lt)
    Length 154'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 29
    Armament none
    three Fairbanks-Morse 6-cylinder 630hp Diesel engines
    three shafts

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    USS Nashawena (YAG-35)
    Nashawena - Nashawena Island is the second largest of the Elizabeth Islands of Dukes County, MA. It lies between Cuttyhunk Island to the west and Pasque Island to the east. The island has a land area of 2.732 sq mi and an official permanent population of 2 persons as of the 2000 U.S. Census. The island is part of the town of Gosnold, MA. (Wikipedia)
    Photo - Nashawena Island (Walk the land blog)
    Map - Elizebeth Islands Chart (Wikipedia)
    Nashawena 162k USS Nashawena (YAG-35) moored pierside, at either Mare Island or Pearl Harbor, circa 1947-48. Stewart Burch
    Quick 218k USS Nashawena (YAG-35) is aft of USS Quick (DMS-32) at Mare Island, 29 December 1947. Ships to the left are Chilean Navy ships (all ex-U.S. Navy).
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 2471-47 12/29/47.
    Darryl Baker
    COL. William A. Glassford (BSP-2098)
    William A. Glassford - (1853-5 August 1931) Colonel, U.S. Army; frontiersman; Indian Fighter; early Arizona Territory pioneer. As a Signal Corps inspector, Glassford visited stations throughout the nation until 1 January 1881, when he became officer in charge of military telegraph lines at Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory, then resumed duties as inspecting officer on Pikes Peak, Colorado, and in 1884 became an assistant to the Chief Signal Officer. Under General Nelson A. Miles, during the 1886 Geronimo campaign Glassford conducted reconnaissances and established signal and heliograph stations connecting military posts in Arizona and other points likely to become involved in military operations against hostile Indians. During the Spanish-American War Glassford served as Chief Signal Officer in Porto Rico. After a long and distinguished military career, Glassford retired as a colonel to his home at Phoenix, Arizona, moving to California shortly before his death
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Nashawena (AG-142 / YAG-35)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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