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USS Nashawena (YAG 35) ca. 1947-1948 (Navsource)
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Class: NASHAWENA (YAG 35)
Design: Army BSP (Barge, Self Propelled) Design 358
Displacement (tons): 602 light, 940 full
Dimensions (feet): 155' oa, 150' wl x 37' e, 35.5' wl x 6' (8' max nav)
Armament: none
Accommodations: 4 officers, 34 enlisted
Speed (kts.): 10
Propulsion (HP): 630
Machinery: 3 Buda diesel engines (direct), 3 screws

Construction:
YAGNameAcqBuilderContractCompletedSvc
35NASHAWENA21 Jun 1947Seattle SB & DD28 May 194323 Mar 194421 Jun 1947

Disposition:
YAGNameTInactStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
35NASHAWENADECOM1 Nov 19591 Jun 1960Navy sale--

Class Notes:
She was classed by the Army as a 155ft wooden-hulled diesel-propelled cable repair barge. Two of her diesels were 240hp and the third (on the centerline) was 150 hp. [The Army list says they were Buda diesels made by Washington IW., Navsource says they were Fairbanks-Morse 6-cylinder engines. The centerline diesel is not in SD56 and the speed there is 8kts.]

Ship Notes:
YAGNameMANotes
35NASHAWENA(ex-AG-142) Ex-COL WILLIAM A GLASSFORD, ex BSP 2098, completed 23 Mar 1944. Name NASHAWENA (an island in Massachusetts, stress on 1st syllable) and classification AG 142 were assigned on 2 Apr 1947, becoming effective when the ship was accepted by the Navy from the U.S. Army Air Force. She was accepted and placed in full commission at NSY Mare Island on 21 Jun 1947 under FY 1947 [20 Jun previously reported]. Orders dated 8 Apr 1947 had stated that when ready for shakedown she was to report to CINCPACFLT for duty with OPDEVFOR, but an INSURV inspection of 17 Jul 1947 reported her deficient in seaworthiness and on 22 Jul 1947 BUSHIPS ordered that work be discontinued on AG 142 at Mare Island pending further instructions. She was reassigned from OPDEVFOR to PACFLT subordination on 8 Aug 1947, the assigment being considered temporary pending inactivation or disposal of the ship when project SOFAR was complete. A CNO note of 20 Aug 1947 stated that NASHAWENA (AG 142) would be reclassified to YAG in the near future and assigned to COM-12 in connection with the SOFAR project. Duly reclassified by SECNAV on 22 Aug 1947 effective 1 Sep 1947. To USN reserve at Philadelphia in Jan 1953, there to 1959. Sold 1 Jun 1960 to Anthony Zahardis for commercial service and towed from Treasure Island 3 Jul 1960. She may have continued in cable work as OMEGA with the U.S. Undersea Cable Corp. She had one sister, BASIL LENOIR, ex BSP 2099, completed Aug 1944. Both LENOIR and GLASSFORD originally served on Alaskan military cables, and LENOIR continued in that role after the war as an Air Force vessel when the Air Force Communications Service took over the Army cables. One of the ships was "reportedly sent to the shipbreakers in Bellingham, Washington, in about 1975." [Some from Ramon Jackson, "ARC-1, ARC-5 & Nashawena (AG-142)" on Patriot.net]

Page Notes:
Compiled: 20 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, Navsrc