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  Caledonian Salvor 0368 (BARS-1)
Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship

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AWM May 26, 1943
Ship History
Built by Basalt Rock Company at Napa, CA as part of Maritime Commission contract and named BARS-1. Laid down on February 19, 1942 as Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship. Launched August 22, 1942. Completed May 20, 1943 assigned to the Royal Navy (RN) under the terms of the Lend Lease Act and renamed Caledonian Salvor (0368). On May 26, 1943 at San Pablo Bay, California.

Wartime History
Cambrian Salvor was operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in New Guinea. The vessel had hard hat divers for salvage and repair.

On February 28, 1944 steamed to Uluma Reef (Suckling Reef) to aid in efforts to free grounded SS President Grant but operations were hampered by deteriorating weather conditions. Between March 2, 1944 to March 8, 1944 gale force winds halted work before the effort was abandoned.

On July 15, 1944 removed winches and other gear from the shipwreck of the Kotoku Maru off Salamaua.

During late May 1945, towed HMAS Colac damaged by shore batteries to Blanche Harbor in the Treasury Islands and undertook temporary repairs then towed her to Finschafen.

On September 2, 1945 officially turned over to Australia as part of Lend Lease. Assigned to the Australian Commonwealth Salvage Board (ACSB).

During late 1945, Caledonian Salvor joined Cambrian Salvor operated from in Simpson Harbor at Rabaul salvaging Japanese vessels sunk or damaged during the war. On January 17, 1946 she raised HA-53 Type B Midget Submarine with assistance from Japanese Prisoners Of War (POW). Ultimate fate unknown.

On August 5, 1948 sold to Australia with the title officially transfered on October 12, 1948. Operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) then placed out of service.

In 1958 sold to Island Tug & Barge Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada. Renamed MV Sudbury II and reflagged Fiji. In 1981 sold for use as a fishing boat and renamed FV Lady Pacific.

Sinking History
On October 31, 1982 sunk into the Pacific Ocean off Prince Rupert.

Also known as "The Caledonian Salvor"
NavSource - Caledonian Salvor (0368)

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August 4, 2020


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