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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 113. Not illustrated. Chapters: Uss Windlass-4), Uss Lsm-45, Uss Salvager-3), Uss Oceanside, Uss Kodiak, Uss Mender-2), Uss Gypsy-1), Uss Portunus, Uss Hunting, Uss Lsm-236, Uss Lsm-135, Uss Lsm-216, Uss Lsm-60, Uss Raritan, Uss Lsm-149, Uss Lsm-397, Uss Lsm-247, Uss Lsm-398, Uss Lsm-161, Uss Lsm-552, Uss Lsm-551, Uss Lsm-175, Uss Lsm-540, Uss Lsm-550, Uss Lsm-549, Uss Lsm-275. Excerpt: USS Windlass (ARS(D)-4), a Gypsy-class salvage lifting vessel of the United States Navy, was originally conceived as LSM-552 and laid down on 27 August 1945 at Houston, Texas, by Brown Shipbuilding Corporation. Launched on 7 December 1945; and commissioned on 9 April 1946 in Houston at the Tennessee Coal and Iron Docks, Lieutenant Commander Rodney F. Snipes, USNR, in command. Following further alterations and trials, Windlass shifted to Galveston, TX, on 13 December, en route to her home port, Charleston, SC. The salvage ship operated locally out of Charleston into May 1947 when she shifted to Norfolk, VA in May to conduct a towing exercise with her sister ship, Salvager (ARS(D)-3). The two ships departed the tidewater area for Bayonne, NJ, on 18 June, before they shifted to Narragansett Bay to salvage the tug One Wolf (YTB-179) sunk in a collision in December 1946. Windlass and Salvager pooled their efforts to lift the sunken yard tug from 130 feet of water. One body still on board the sunken tug was recovered and taken ashore for burial. Windlass and her sister ship returned to Bayonne, NJ on 28 July, but sailed for Mexico early the next month. Arriving at Veracruz on 15 August, Windlass assisted Salvager in raising two sunken Mexican barges in a two-week operation. Both salvage vessels then headed northward, bound for Bayonne. After touching at Key West, FL, and Norfolk, they conducted exercises in Chesapeake Bay before they reached Bayonne ear...
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