ARS-18 Rescuer.jpg
United States
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1904
Acquired: 6 February 1942
Commissioned: 31 December 1942
Struck: 22 December 1944
Fate: Wrecked 31 December 1942; later scrapped
General characteristics
Displacement: 738 tons
Length: 175 ft 6 in (53.49 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Speed: 10 knots
Armament: Armament four .30 cal. machine guns

USS Rescuer (ARS-18) was a Rescuer-class rescue and salvage ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Her task was to come to the aid of stricken vessels.

Construction and commissioning

Rescuer (ARS-18) was built in 1904 as tug Casper by United Engine Works, and acquired for the Navy 6 February 1942 by the Port Director, San Pedro, California.

Service history

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 (54°24′15″N 164°47′30″W / 54.40417°N 164.79167°W / 54.40417; -164.79167 (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.[1] Her third engineer fell overboard and drowned.[1] Her name was struck from the Navy list on 22 December 1944.

See also


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  1. ^ a b Alaska Shipwrecks (R)

External links

  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - ARS-18 Rescuer