Rescue and Salvage Ships (ARS, ARSD, ARST, ASR, ATS)

Most recent update: April 23, 2015.


 

Type # Name Shipbuilder Location LDT LOA Delivered as an ARS Disposition
Rescue and Salvage Ships (ARS)
ARS 1 Viking New Jersey DD Elizabethport NJ 950 188 27-Jun-41 Built 1919 as Flamingo (AM 32), Guide (C&GS) 1923, ARS 1 1941, scrapped 1953
ARS 2 Crusader Gas Engine & Power Morris Heights NY 950 188 17-Sep-41 Built 1919 as Osprey (AM 29), Pioneer (C&GS) 1922, ARS 2 1941, scrapped 1952
ARS 3 Discoverer Todd Shipyards Brooklyn NY 950 188 26-Aug-41 Built 1919 as Auk (AM 38), Discoverer (C&GS) 1922, ARS 3 1941, to Venezuela 1947 as Felipe Larrazabel (R-11), scrapped 1962
ARS 4 Redwing Baltimore DD Baltimore MD 950 188 28-Oct-41 Built 1919 as Redwing (AM 48), WAT 48 1924, ARS 4 1941, sunk by mine off Bizerte 1943
ARS 5 Diver Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,897 213 23-Oct-43 Sold 1949
ARS 6 Escape Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,897 213 20-Nov-43 To USCG 1978 as Escape (WMEC 6), returned 1995, scrapped 2009
ARS 7 Grapple Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,897 213 16-Dec-43 To Taiwan 1977 as Tai Hu (ARS 552), active
ARS 8 Preserver Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,897 213 11-Jan-44 To NDRF 1993, scrapped 2006
ARS 9 Shackle Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,897 213 5-Feb-44 To USCG 1946 as Acushnet (WAT 167), WMEC 167 1978, sold 2011
ARS 10 Assistance           Never commissioned
ARS 11 Warbler Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 950 188 13-Sep-41 Built 1919 as AM 53, ARS 11 1941, scrapped 1948
ARS 12 Willet Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 950 188 13-Sep-41 Built 1920 as AM 54, ARS 12 1941, scrapped 1948
ARS 13 Anchor Colberg BW Stockton CA 1,897 213 23-Oct-43 Sold 1947
ARS 14 Protector Colberg BW Stockton CA 1,897 213 28-Dec-43 Sold 1946
ARS 15 Extractor Colberg BW Stockton CA 1,897 213 3-Mar-44 Sunk accidentally in the Marianas and lost 1945
ARS 16 Extricate Snow Shipyards Rockland ME 1,897 213 27-Jul-43 Sunk in typhoon off Okinawa and lost 1946
ARS 17 Restorer Snow Shipyards Rockland ME 1,897 213 6-Oct-43 To Denmark 1948 as Vitus Bering, discarded
ARS 18 Rescuer United EW Alameda CA 738 176 6-Feb-42 Built 1904 as Casper, acquired 1942, wrecked and lost 1943
ARS 19 Cable Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 6-Mar-44 Sunk as target 1978
ARS 20 Chain Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 31-Mar-44 AGOR 17 1958, scrapped 1979
ARS 21 Curb Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 12-May-44 Reefed off Key West FL 1983
ARS 22 Current Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 14-Jun-44 Scrapped 1975
ARS 23 Deliver Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 18-Jul-44 To South Korea 1979, active
ARS 24 Grasp Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 22-Aug-44 To South Korea 1978, active
ARS 25 Safeguard Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 30-Sep-44 To Turkey 1979 as Isin (A 589), active
ARS 26 Seize Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 3-Nov-44 To USCG 1946 as Yocona (WAT 168), WMEC 168 1965, struck 1996, sunk as target 2006
ARS 27 Snatch Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 11-Dec-44 AGOR 18 1967, scrapped 1971
ARS 28 Valve Bellingham MR Bellingham WA 1,089 183 24-Feb-44 Sold 1948
ARS 29 Vent Bellingham MR Bellingham WA 1,089 183 7-Apr-44 Sold 1948, Western  Pioneer 1949
ARS 30 Accelerate Kyle & Purdy City Island NY 400 129 2-Apr-42 Built 1921 as Toteco, Walling 1930, ARS 30 1942, sold 1948 as Marigo, George 1970
ARS 31 Harjurand Astilleros Cardona Barcelona (Sp.) 812 189 1-Jun-42 Built 1919 as Olesa, ARS 31 1942, sold 1946 as Dodecanese, scrapped 1955
ARS 32 Brant Sun Shipbuilding Chester PA 950 188 1-Sep-42 Built 1918 as AM 24, AT 132 1942, ARS 32 1942, NDRF 1946
ARS 33 Clamp Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 23-Aug-43 Transfer to Britain as Atlantic Salvor (BARS 3) cancelled, scrapped 2011
ARS 34 Gear Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 24-Sep-43 Transfer to Britain as Pacific Salvor (BARS 4) cancelled, scrapped 1982
ARS 35 Weight American C & F Wilmington DE 1,897 213 14-Aug-43 Transfer to Britain as Plymouth Salvor (BARS 7) cancelled, sold 1947
ARS 36 Swivel American C & F Wilmington DE 1,897 213 5-Jun-43 Transfer to Britain as York Salvor (BARS 8) cancelled, sold 1947
ARS 37 Tackle Newport News SB Newport News VA 6,500 310 8-Jun-43 Built 1912 as W. R. Chamberlain, Jr., ARS 37 1943, ARST 4 1945
ARS 38 Bolster Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 1-May-45 NDRF 1999, scrapped 2011
ARS 39 Conserver Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 9-Jun-45 NISMF 1994, sunk as target 2004
ARS 40 Hoist Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 21-Jul-45 NDRF 2001, scrapped 2007
ARS 41 Opportune Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 5-Oct-45 NDRF 1999, scrapped 2003
ARS 42 Reclaimer Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 20-Dec-45 NDRF 2001, scrapped 2011
ARS 43 Recovery Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 14-May-46 To Taiwan 1998 as Da Juen (ARS 556), active
ARS 44 Retriever Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213   Cancelled
ARS 45 Skillfull Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213   Cancelled
ARS 46 Support Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213   Cancelled
ARS 47 Toiler Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213   Cancelled
ARS 48 Urgent Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213   Cancelled
ARS 49 Willing Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213   Cancelled
ARS 50 Safeguard Peterson Bldrs. Sturgeon Bay WI 2,482 255 17-Aug-85 Active
ARS 51 Grasp Peterson Bldrs. Sturgeon Bay WI 2,482 255 14-Dec-85 Active
ARS 52 Salvor Peterson Bldrs. Sturgeon Bay WI 2,482 255 14-Jun-86 Active
ARS 53 Grapple Peterson Bldrs. Sturgeon Bay WI 2,482 255 15-Nov-86 Active
ARS 54   Peterson Bldrs. Sturgeon Bay WI 2,482 255   Cancelled
Rescue and Salvage Ships for Britain (BARS)
BARS 1 Caledonian Salvor Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 22-Aug-42 To Britain 1942, to Australia 1945, sold 1958 as Sudbury II, Lady Pacific 1981, sank 1982
BARS 2 Cambrian Salvor Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 7-Sep-42 To Britain 1943, to Australia 1945, sold 1958 as Caribsche Zee, Collinsea 1963, Francois C 1971, scrapped 1981
BARS 3 Atlantic Salvor Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 24-Oct-42 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Clamp (ARS 33)
BARS 4 Pacific Salvor Basalt Rock Co Napa CA 1,441 213 24-Oct-42 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Gear (ARS 34)
BARS 5 American Salvor Barbour BW New Bern NC 1,089 213 27-Dec-42 To Britain 1942, returned 1946
BARS 6 Boston Salvor Barbour BW New Bern NC 1,089 213 20-Feb-43 To Britain 1943, CTL 1945, scrapped
BARS 7 Plymouth Salvor American C & F Wilmington DE 1,089 213 24-Oct-42 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Weight (ARS 35)
BARS 8 York Salvor American C & F Wilmington DE 1,089 213 24-Oct-42 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Swivel (ARS 36)
BARS 9 Lincoln Salvor Bellingham MR Bellingham WA 1,089 213 27-Dec-42 To Britain 1943, returned 1946
BARS 10 Southampton Salvor Bellingham MR Bellingham WA 1,089 213 20-Feb-43 To Britain 1943, returned 1946, to Greece 1948 as Alkimos, scrapped 1953
BARS 11 Quebec Salvor Bellingham MR Bellingham WA 1,089 213 21-Apr-43 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Valve (ARS 28)
BARS 12 Queen Salvor Bellingham MR Bellingham WA 1,089 213 6-May-43 Intended for Britain but retained as USS Vent (ARS 29)
Rescue and Salvage Derricks (ARSD)
ARSD 1 Gypsy Brown SB Houston TX 816 224 18-Mar-46 Ex-LSM 549, scrapped 1974
ARSD 2 Mender Brown SB Houston TX 816 224 8-Mar-46 Ex-LSM 550, scrapped 1974
ARSD 3 Salvager Brown SB Houston TX 816 224 22-Mar-46 Ex-LSM 551, later YMLC 3, scrapped 1972
ARSD 4 Windlass Brown SB Houston TX 816 224 9-Apr-46 Ex-LSM 552, later YMLC 4, scrapped 1972
Rescue and Salvage Tenders (ARST)
ARST 1 Laysan Island JeffBoat Jeffersonville IN 4,100 328 5-Jun-45 Ex-LSM 549, scrapped 1974
ARST 2 Okala JeffBoat Jeffersonville IN 4,100 328 28-Jun-45 Ex-LSM 549, scrapped 1974
ARST 3 Palmyra JeffBoat Jeffersonville IN 4,100 328 28-Jul-45 Ex-LSM 549, scrapped 1974
ARST 4 Tackle Newport News SB Newport News VA 6,500 310 1-Feb-45 Built 1912, acquired 1943 as ARS 37
Submarine Rescue Ships (ASR)
ASR 1 Widgeon Sun Shipbuilding Chester PA 950 188 5-Mar-23 Built 1918 as AM 22, scrapped 1948
ASR 2 Falcon Gas Engine & Power Morris Heights NY 950 188 12-Sep-29 Built 1918 as  AM 28, sold 1947
ASR 3 Chewink Todd Shipyards Brooklyn NY 950 188 12-Sep-29 Built 1919 as  AM 39, sunk as target 1947
ASR 4 Mallard Staten Island SB Richmond NY 950 188 12-Sep-29 Built 1919 as  AM 44, sunk as target 1947
ASR 5 Ortolan Staten Island SB Richmond NY 950 188 12-Sep-29 Built 1919 as  AM 45, sold 1947
ASR 6 Pigeon Baltimore DD Baltimore MD 950 188 12-Sep-29 Built 1919 as  AM 47, sunk off Corregidor 1942
ASR 7 Chanticleer Moore Dry Dock Oakland CA 1,780 251 20-Nov-42 Scrapped 1974
ASR 8 Coucal Moore Dry Dock Oakland CA 1,780 251 22-Jan-43 Sunk as target 1991
ASR 9 Florikan Moore Dry Dock Oakland CA 1,780 251 5-Apr-43 Sunk as target 2007
ASR 10 Greenlet Moore Dry Dock Oakland CA 1,780 251 29-May-43 To Turkey 1970 as Akin (A 585), active
ASR 11 Macaw Moore Dry Dock Oakland CA 1,780 251 20-Nov-43 Wrecked near Midway and lost 1944
ASR 12 Penguin Charleston SB Charleston SC 1,240 205 29-May-44 Converted from AT 99, struck 1970
ASR 13 Kittiwake Savannah Machine Savannah GA 1,780 251 10-Jul-45 Reefed in the Caymans 2011
ASR 14 Petrel Savannah Machine Savannah GA 1,780 251 26-Sep-45 Scrapped 2003
ASR 15 Sunbird Savannah Machine Savannah GA 1,780 251 3-Apr-46 Scrapped 2005
ASR 16 Tringa Savannah Machine Savannah GA 1,780 251 25-Jun-46 Struck 1977, to be sunk as target
ASR 17 Verdin Savannah Machine Savannah GA 1,780 251   Cancelled
ASR 18 Windower Savannah Machine Savannah GA 1,780 251   Cancelled
ASR 19 Bluebird Charleston SB Charleston SC 1,240 205 28-May-46 Converted from AT 164, to Turkey 1950 as Kurtaran
ASR 20 Skylark Charleston SB Charleston SC 1,240 205 Jul-46 Converted from AT 165, to Brazil 1973 as Gastao Moutinho
ASR 21 Pigeon Alabama DD Mobile AL 4,119 251 29-Jan-72 Scrapped 2012
ASR 22 Ortolan Alabama DD Mobile AL 4,119 251 17-May-72 Scrapped 2009
ASR 23-30             Cancelled
Salvage Tugs (ATS)
ATS 1 Edenton Brooke Marine Lowestoft (U.K.) 2,592 283 5-Jan-71 To USCG 1997 as Alex Haley (WMEC 39), active
ATS 2 Beaufort Brooke Marine Lowestoft (U.K.) 2,592 283 1-Jan-72 To Korea 1997 as Pyong Taek (ARS 27), active
ATS 3 Brunswick Brooke Marine Lowestoft (U.K.) 2,592 283 21-Nov-72 To Korea 1997 as Kwang Yang (ARS 28), active
ATS 4             Cancelled
ATS 5             Cancelled