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FP-63 / FS-63

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

Freight-Supply Vessel / Junior Mineplanter
  • Laid down in 1943 as US Army Coastal Freighter FP-63, Stowman-Deer Island Yacht Basin Corp., Stonington, ME.
  • Converted on stocks to Junior Mineplanter, redesignated JMP-63
  • Launched in 1943
  • Delivered to the US Army Coast Artillery Corp Mineplanter Service
  • Placed in commission in 1943
  • Retired from US Army service in 1951
  • Acquired in 1951 by Dept. of Interior (National Parks Service-Isle Royale), renamed MV Ranger II
  • Rebuilt in 1951 (108.25 x 27.25 x 12.25; 272 gross - 185 net)
  • Placed on inactive status by Dept. of Interior in 1958
  • Removed from federal documentation in July 1962 and Michigan motor boat number awarded. (Michigan MC 1171 PB)
  • Acquired in 1963 by University of Michigan, renamed MV Island Seas
  • Acquired in 1973 by Don Lee (Lee Marine), Port Lambert, Ontario, Canada, name retained. reflagged Canada
  • Acquired, 1 July 1976 by Navires Océanographiques, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, renamed MV St. Barnab'e
  • Acquired in 1987 by Pierre Landry, Quebec, Canada
  • Removed from registry. Canadian register closed in December 18, 1989
  • Acquired in 2003 by Daniel Arseneau, Quebec, Canada, operated as St. Barnab'e Bar until 2012
  • Final Disposition, demolished by municipal order in 2018
    Specifications - As Built:
    Displacement 290 tons (fl)
    Length 114'
    Beam 27'
    Draft 10'
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    one diesel engine, 600 hp
    single propeller

    Displacement 270 t.
    Length 114'
    Beam 27'
    Draft 14'
    Speed unknown
    Freight Capacity unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two 6-cyl diesel engines, 640hp
    two propellers

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    60k US National Park Service MV Ranger II (ex-JMP-63) underway, circa 1951-58 probably off Isle Royale National Park, MI.
    Bowling Green University, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    John Spivey
    82k St. Barnab'e Bar, Quebec, Canada.
    John Spivey

    There is no history record available for USAV FP-34 / FS-34 / Baker (FS-34) at NavSource
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