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ARS-38 Bolster

Rescue and salvage ships such as the ARS-38 Bolster Class save battle damaged combat ships from further damage and tow them to safety. Rescue, salvage and towing ships provide rapid fire fighting, pumping, battle damage repair and rescue towing to warships in combat and tow them to repair ships or bases in safe areas. The Navy has responsibility for salvaging US government owned ships and, when it is in the best interests of the United States, privately owned vessels as well.


Power PlantDiesel-electric, two shafts, 3,060 shaft horsepower
Length213 feet
Beam44 feet
Draft feet
Displacement 2,045 tons full load
Speed 14.8 knots
Crew 106
ArmamentTwo 20mm guns


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Bolster ARS 38Basalt Rock Inc.Long Beach01 May 194524 Sep 1994
Conserver ARS 39Basalt Rock Inc.Pearl Harbor09 Jun 194501 Apr 1994
Hoist ARS 40Basalt Rock Inc.Little Creek21 Jul 194530 Sep 1994
Opportune ARS 41Basalt Rock Inc.Little Creek05 Oct 194530 Apr 1993
Reclaim ARS 42Basalt Rock Inc.Pearl Harbor20 Dec 194516 Sep 1994
Recovery ARS 43Basalt Rock Inc.Little Creek15 May 194630 Sep 1994

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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Wednesday, February 24, 1999 6:38:20 PM