|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||6 February 1942|
|Commissioned:||31 December 1942|
|Struck:||22 December 1944|
|Fate:||Wrecked 31 December 1942; later scrapped|
|Length:||175 ft 6 in (53.49 m)|
|Beam:||34 ft (10 m)|
|Armament:||Armament four .30 cal. machine guns|
Construction and commissioning
Assigned to the 13th Naval District on 7 February 1942, Recuer underwent conversion at Seattle, Washington, then headed north to the waters of the Territory of Alaska, where she served during her brief naval career.
On 31 December 1942, while engaged in salvaging the stranded Soviet cargo ship SS Turksib near Scotch Cap ( ) on the southwest corner of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands, Rescuer was carried on to the beach in an 80-mph (129-km/hr) gale, badly holed, and wrecked. Her third engineer fell overboard and drowned. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 22 December 1944.
- alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (R)
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - ARS-18 Rescuer