ARSD-3 General Specifications
Class: Gypsy-class salvage lifting vessel
Complement: 65 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 816 tons
Length: 224 feet 9 inches
Beam: 34 feet 10 inches
Draft: 8 feet 4 in
Range: 4 900 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition: Unknown presumed scrapped
USS SALVAGE (ARSD-3)
Salvager (ARS(D)-3) originally conceived as LSM551
was reclassified ARSD-3 on 24 April 1945; named Salvager on 1 May 1945
laid down on 27 August 1945 by the Brown Shipbuilding Co.
Tex.; launched on 7 December 1945; and commissioned on 22 March 1946
Lt. Comdr. Howard L. Kubel
Designed for salvage and rescue work
Salvager completed shakedown off Cuba and put into Charleston S.C.
on 29 November. She remained there until mid-May 1947
then got underway for Norfolk. By the end of the month
she had commenced the varied activities which
although conducted primarily along the eastern and southern coasts of the United States and among the islands of the Caribbean
would range from Newfoundland to the coast of Central America.
the salvage lifting ship inspected buoys in Chesapeake Bay. In June
she moved up the east coast to Narragansett Bay; operated with Windlass (ARS(D)-4) to lift a sunken tug from 130 feet of water and move it closer to the beach
then sailed for Bayonne
for upkeep and replenishment of stores and salvage material.
Continuing operations with Windlass
she sailed south on 6 August
spent two weeks salvaging two Mexican barges off Vera Cruz
and returned to Norfolk. At the end of September
the two ARS(D)'s moved up to Hereford Inlet
to raise YP-887 and
proceeded south to the Georgia coast to locate and demolish another sunken tug.
Before the end of the year
Salvager received an A-frame and winch on her bow which facilitated recovery of submerged objects and enabled her to lift 78 tons over the bow.
With the new year
Salvager continued her work of removing dangers to navigation
she began salvage tests on U-1105 off Piney Point
Md. She tested techniques of salvage and towing on the U-boat into November
then stripped the test boat of all experimental equipment
sank her temporarily off Piney Point Light
and planted buoys to mark the spot. Then
with the addition of two sets of beach gear
she resumed normal salvage work
again operating primarily with Windlass.
Following duty off the southern New England and mid-Atlantic coasts into the spring of 1949
she moved north to Newfoundland in May. In June
she returned to Piney Point to raise U-1105 and towed her out to sea where
she was sunk in demolition tests.
During the fall
Salvager added minesweeping operations to her duties. Overhaul rounded out the year and
in January 1950
she resumed operations by assisting other vessels in freeing Missouri (BB-63) which had grounded on a mud flat in Hampton Roads. During much of the remainder of the year
she conducted mine recovery operations and
commenced operations in support of Project "Chin
" the dragging and clearing of Navy harbors to recover scrap metal to help finance the war in Korea. Participation in the project was continued into 1952
but remained only a portion of her mission; mine recovery
and local salvage operations including recovery of airplanes for both the Navy and the Air Force were also continued.
for a salvage vessel
relative inactivity. Deployed only twice
to the waters off Florida and to the Caribbean
she remained in the Norfolk area for most of the year. In 1954
she resumed a more hectic schedule. In February
she conducted underwater demolition tests in the Virgin Islands. During the spring
she operated off the mid-Atlantic seaboard and in the Bermuda area. In July
she destroyed and cleared the wreckage of YFN-6 from Delaware Bay; and
she moved north to Nantucket to conduct a survey of current and tide conditions and their effects upon the bottom. Three months later
she moved into the British West Indies to clear obstructions near Eleuthera Island; and
she returned to Norfolk.
Through the remainder of the 1950's
Salvager continued her varied activities. Major operations included the raising of downed aircraft and sunken district and landing craft; unbeaching of LST's; refloating a destroyer
destruction of the hulk of second class battleship
Texas; mooring and logistic support for experimental and scientific work
excavation of trenches and laying of cables
location and recovery of a misfired space capsule
and special operations requested by the Bureau of Ships.
Salvager began the 1960's in Chesapeake Bay where she completed the demolition of the wreck of the battleship
begun in 1958. Special projects for the Bureau of Ships and deep sea mooring operations followed; and
in June 1960
she resumed salvage operations on sunken vessels and aircraft. In July
she added the recovery of the wreckage of a blimp to her record
then assumed salvage standby duty which rounded out the year.
The new year
started with training operations
with the end of winter
she resumed a full schedule of salvage
and special operations which continued for the next four and a half years. Major salvage operations saw her off the New Jersey coast to assist in refloating the grounded destroyer Monssen (1962); off Moorehead City
to clear the wreckage of the oiler
and off Newfoundland to recover heavy
fleet-type moorings and mines (1963)
and in Louisiana waters
to assist in clearance operations following hurricane "Betsy" (1965).
In addition to special operations for the Bureau of Ships during the same period
Salvager also supported Oceanographic Office projects. In November 1963
she towed NOMAD (Naval Oceanographic Meteorological Automatic Device) 150 miles out to sea and moored it in 1
600 fathoms. Following the initial mooring
she returned several times to bring NOMAD in for checking and to change its position.
Following operations during September and October 1965
in Louisiana after "Betsy
" Salvager prepared for inactivation. Decommissioned on 23 November
she remained in reserve for less than two years. During 1966
she was converted to a non-self-propelled vessel. On 16 October 1967 she was redesignated YMLC (Salvage Craft
she was placed in service and assigned to Advanced Bases Pacific Area. Then taken to the Philippines
she operated out of Subic Bay until she was ordered back to the east coast of the United States for inactivation in July 1971. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 August 1972.
[Note: The above USS SALVAGE (ARSD-3) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SALVAGE (ARSD-3) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]