|USS John Blish (AGS-10)|
|Namesake:||Commander John Blish, USN|
|Builder:||Ballard Marine Railway Co., Seattle, Washington|
|Laid down:||23 May 1943|
|Launched:||6 September 1943|
|Commissioned:||26 February 1944|
|Decommissioned:||22 August 1949|
|Fate:||Sold 10 February 1950 to Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore for scrap|
|Notes:||Ship International Radio Callsign: NTYX|
|Class & type:||PCS-1376 Patrol Coastal Sweeper|
|Displacement:||245 t. (light), 338 t. (full)|
|Beam:||24 feet 6 inches|
|Draft:||8 feet 7 inches|
|Propulsion:||Two 800bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines|
|Armament:||One 3/50' Dual Purpose Mount, one single 20mm AA mount|
USS John Blish was a Patrol Craft Sweeper (PCS) of the PCS-1376-Class, five of which were converted to small hydrographic survey vessels designated AGS and later coastal survey vessels, AGSc, that conducted hydrographic surveys for the United States Navy during and immediately after the Second World War.[note 1] The small PCS type vessels assigned to the United States Navy Hydrographic Office missions conducted pre invasion surveys, sometimes under fire, with the survey crews erecting signals for survey and later navigation, laying buoys and placing lights. Originally, PCS-1457 the survey vessel, conducted surveys supporting the Mariana Islands campaign, the landings at Iwo Jima the ship was renamed and redesignated John Blish (AGS-10) before conducting surveys supporting the landings at Okinawa. After the war John Blish was redesignated at a coastal survey ship, AGSc, conducting surveys off the United States West Coast until decommissioned at New York on 22 August 1949.
Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]
PCS-1457, planned as PC-1457, was reclassified PCS in April 1943 and laid down by Ballard Marine Railway Company, Seattle, Washington on 23 May 1943. The vessel was launched on 6 September 1943 sponsored by Miss Patricia McQuire and on 26 February 1944 commissioned as USS PCS-1457 sailing for the Pacific war zone after shakedown and training.
The mission of the small survey vessels involved pre invasion surveys, sometimes under fire, with the survey crews erecting signals for survey and later erecting navigation, laying buoys and placing lights for further operations as well as conducting routine surveys of islands in fleet operating areas.
Pacific war time operations[edit | edit source]
PCS-1457 supported the recapture of the Marianas, specifically Guam and Tinian landings with surveys before and after the invasion. After the Marianas operations the ship conduced general surveys in the Pacific until February 1945 when she conducted pre invasion surveys at Iwo Jima followed by surveys as the island was being secured. Charts resulting from surveys were printed on board USS Sumner with a survey team from that ship erecting a reference navigational signal atop Mount Suribachi. On 20 March 1945, PCS-1457 was reclassified as a Hydrographic Survey Ship (AGS-10) and four days later was renamed John Blish. The survey vessel continued more routine survey work until the invasion of Okinawa where she again supported landings with hydrographic work. The ship earned 4 battle stars for World War II service.
Post war[edit | edit source]
John Blish reclassified as a Coastal Surveying Ship (AGSC-10) on 27 July 1946 and conducted coastal surveys on the West Coast of the United States until sailing for New York and decommissioning on 22 August 1949. On 10 February 1950 she was sold to Boston Metals Company of Baltimore, Maryland for scrap.
Ship Namesake[edit | edit source]
The survey vessel was named for Commander John Blish, USN (September 5, 1860 - December 22, 1921) who was appointed Cadet Midshipman 18 September 1875. From 1879 - 1901 he served the Navy both on the high seas and on various shore duty. On 5 October 1901 he was commissioned Lieutenant Commander then served until he retired 6 July 1905. Blish was appointed Commander on the retired list 13 April 1911. During World War I he served in the 1st Naval District as assistant to the Commandant, and commanded the Naval Air Station at Squantum, Mass. Comdr. Blish was detached 29 October 1919. In addition to his exemplary naval career, he invented the "Blish sounding tube" and the Thompson submachine gun. John Blish died 22 December 1921.
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References[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Naval History And Heritage Command. "John Blish". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History And Heritage Command. http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/j/john-blish.html. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- NavSource Online. "John Blish (AGSC 10)". Patrol Craft Sweeper Photo Archive. NavSource. http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/071457.htm. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- Pinsel, Mark I. (1982). 150 Years Of Service On The Seas - A Pictorial History of the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office from 1830 to 1980. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi: Department of the Navy, Oceanographic Office. LCCN 2009366059. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.31822010098929;view=1up;seq=1. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
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- Derickson (AGS-6) Class: Photographs (Copy of old Naval History And Heritage Command photo page)
- NavSource Survey Ship (AGS) Index
- Navy Survey Ship (AGS) Designator Listing
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