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Submarine Rescue Ship
251' 4" x 14' 3"
2 x 3"/50 caliber guns
Built by Moore Dry Dock Company in Oakland, CA. Laid down as the lead ship of the Chanticleer Class Submarine Rescue Ship. Launched May 29, 1942 sponsored by sponsored by Mrs. W. K. Kilpatrick. Commissioned 20 November 1942 as USS Chanticleer (ASR-7) with LCDR. Richard E. Hawes in command.
On August 13, 1945 departs for the Jintololo Channel area in search of sunken wrecks for intelligence salvage purposes. On August 19, 1945 departs for Coron Bay arriving at two days later and begins salvage operations. On On August 25, 1945 her divers locate the shipwreck of Akitsushima at a depth of 108' / 33m. On August 26, 1945 departs Coron Bay bound for Subic Bay and receives a congratulatory message from the 7th Fleet: "Well done to the Chanticleer for efficient and extremely valuable operations".
On June 1, 1973 struck from the Naval Vessel Register. On June 1, 1974 sold for scrap and scrapped afterwards.
NARA USS Chanticleer War History page 7
(Page 7) "On the 13th of August underway for the Jintololo Channel area in search of sunken wrecks for intelligence salvage purposes. Located and conducted salvage on several wrecks. On the 26th of August proceeding to Subic Bay the following message received from Commander Submarines Southwest Pacific Area. Services completed Com7thFlt say "Well done to the Chanticleer for efficient and extremely valuable operations." Returned to Subic Bay, P.I."
NARA USS Chanticleer War Dairy August 1-31, 1945 page 3
(Page 3) "19 August : 1433 Underway proceeding to Coron Bay to continue search for reported wrecks.
20 August: Anchored as before. 0640 Underway, proceeding to Coron Bay, P.I.
21 August: Underway as before. 0217 Anchored in Coron Bay, P.I.
21 to 26 August: Conduct salvage operations in Coron Bay, P.I. on sunken Japanese wrecks."
NavSource - USS Chanticleer (ASR-7)
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