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USS Rescuer (ARS-18)
ARS-18 Rescuer.jpg
Career (US)
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1904
Acquired: 6 February 1942
Commissioned: 31 December 1942
Struck: 22 December 1944
Fate: ran aground and 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.

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.

World War II service[edit | edit source]

Assigned to the 13th Naval District 7 February 1942, she underwent conversion at Seattle, Washington, then sailed north to Alaskan waters where she served during her brief naval career.

Sinking in Alaskan waters[edit | edit source]

On 31 December 1942, while engaged in salvaging the Russian SS Turksib near Scotch Cap in the Aleutians, she was carried on to the beach, badly holed, and destroyed. Her name was struck from the Navy list 22 December 1944.

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

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