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Basalt Rock Company, Napa CA

Most recent update: July 17, 2011.


The Basalt Rock Company, Inc., was formed in 1920 to operate a rock quarry in Napa.  It started to build its own barges in 1938 and was, therefore, ready to participate in the war effort when the time came.  It also built 115 YCs and other Navy barges but I can find no record of the types and pennant numbers.  The yard was on the Napa River, downstream from the town: see it from the air on Google here.  Look at those dry-docks!  If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to timcolton@aol.com.

Hull # Name Customer Type Navy Type Pennant # Tons Delivery Disposition
CC Co. 14   Barge     666 1941  
C Co. 23   Barge     666 1941 Now fishing vessel  Labrador
Lupe   Tug     197 1942 Struck 1997
US Navy Lighter YC 697 170 1940  
US Navy Lighter YC 698 170 1940  
US Navy Lighter YC 699 170 1940  
US Navy Lighter YC 705 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 706 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 711 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 712 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 713 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 735 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 736 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 737 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 755 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 756 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 757 170 1941  
US Navy Lighter YC 811 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC 812 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC 822 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC  823 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC  824 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC  825 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC  826 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC  827 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC  828 170 1942  
US Navy Lighter YC 978 170 1943  
US Navy Lighter YC 979 170 1943  
US Navy Lighter YC 980 170 1943  
US Navy Lighter YC 981 170 1943  
US Navy Lighter YC 982 170 1943  
US Navy Lighter YC 983 170 1943  
US Navy Lighter YC 984 170 1943  
Crownblock US Navy Coastal Tanker YO 48 950 28-Aug-42 Sunk as target 1977
Whipstock US Navy Coastal Tanker YO 49 950 23-Sep-42 Scrapped 1975
Caledonian Salvor US Navy Rescue Ship BARS 1 1,441 22-Aug-42 To Britain 1942, to Australia 1943, returned 1946, sold 1947 as Sudbury II, later Lady Pacific, burnt and lost 1982
Cambrian Salvor US Navy Rescue Ship BARS 2 1,441 7-Sep-42 To Britain 1943, to Australia 1943, returned 1946, sold 1947 as Caribische Zee, later Collinsea, Francois C, Ras Deira, scrapped 1981
Atlantic Salvor US Navy Rescue Ship BARS 3 1,441 24-Oct-42 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Clamp (ARS 33)
Pacific Salvor US Navy Rescue Ship BARS 4 1,441 24-Oct-42 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Gear (ARS 34), scrapped 1982
43 Diver US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 5 1,441 23-Oct-43 Sold 1949 as Rescue, later Rescue M, Grand Day, Rescue M, scrapped 1986
44 Escape US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 6 1,441 20-Nov-43 To USCG 1946 as Escape (WAT 6, later WMEC 6), scrapped 2009
45 Grapple US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 7 1,441 16-Dec-43 To Taiwan 1977 as Da Hu (ARS 327, later 552), active
46 Preserver US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 8 1,441 11-Jan-44 Scrapped 2005
47 Shackle US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 9 1,441 5-Feb-44 To USCG 1946 as Acushnet (WAT 167, later WMEC 167), active
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 295   1943  
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 339 600 1944 To USCG 1947 as White Bush (WAGL 542, later WLM 542), to USN as IX 542, sunk as target 2004
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 340 600 1944  
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 341 600 6-Jun-44 To USCG 1947 as White Holly (WAGL 543, later WLM 543), donated as seamen's training ship 1998
Cable US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 19 1,441 6-Mar-44 Sunk as target 1978
Chain US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 20 1,441 31-Mar-44 Reclassified as AGOR 17 1958, scrapped 1979
Curb US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 21 1,441 12-May-44 Reefed off Key West FL 1983
Current US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 22 1,441 14-Jun-44 Scrapped 1975
Deliver US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 23 1,441 18-Jul-44 To South Korea 1979 as Gumi (ARS 26), active
Grasp US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 24 1,441 22-Aug-44 To South Korea 1978 as Chang Won (ARS 25), active
Safeguard US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 25 1,441 30-Sep-44 To Turkey 1979 as Isin (A 589), active
Seize US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 26 1,441 3-Nov-44 To USCG 1946 as Yocona (WAT 168, later WMEC 168), sunk as target 2006
Snatch US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 27 1,441 11-Dec-44 Reclassified as AGOR 18 1967, scrapped 1971
Clamp US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 33 1,441 23-Aug-43 Transfer to Britain as Atlantic Salvor (BARS 3) cancelled, to NDRF 1999
Gear US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 34 1,441 24-Sep-43 Transfer to Britain as Pacific Salvor (BARS 4) cancelled, scrapped 1982
Bolster US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 38 1,441 1-May-45 To NDRF 1994
Conserver US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 39 1,441 9-Jun-45 Sunk as target 2004
Hoist US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 40 1,441 21-Jul-45 To Taiwan 1998 as Ta Peng (ARS 549), to Toledo OH as museum 2003, scrapped 2007
Opportune US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 41 1,441 5-Oct-45 Scrapped 2003
Reclaimer US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 42 1,441 20-Dec-45 In NDRF, to be sunk as target
Recovery US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 43 1,441 14-May-46 To Taiwan 1998 as Da Juen (ARS 556), active
Retriever US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 44 1,441   Cancelled
Skillful US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 45 1,441   Cancelled
Support US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 46 1,441   Cancelled
Toiler US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 47 1,441   Cancelled
Urgent US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 48 1,441   Cancelled
Willing US Navy Rescue Ship ARS 49 1,441   Cancelled
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 450 300 1945  
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 451 300 1945 Later YFR 451, sold 1995
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 452 300 1945  
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 453 300 1945  
US Navy Coastal Freighter YF 454 300 1945