|Laid down date unknown|
Commissioned 31 December 1942
Beam 34 ft (10 m)
Length 53 m
Displacement 669,500 kg
|Acquired 6 February 1942|
Struck 22 December 1944
Weight 749.8 tons
|Fate ran aground and scrapped|
USS Rescuer (ARS-18) was a Rescuer-class rescue and salvage ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Her task was to come to the aid of stricken vessels.
Rescuer (ARS-18) was built in 1904 as tug Casper by United Engine Works, and acquired for the Navy 6 February 1942 by the Port Director, San Pedro, California.
World War II service
Assigned to the 13th Naval District 7 February 1942, she underwent conversion at Seattle, Washington, then sailed north to Alaskan waters where she served during her brief naval career.
Sinking in Alaskan waters
On 31 December 1942, while engaged in salvaging the Russian SS Turksib near Scotch Cap in the Aleutians, she was carried on to the beach, badly holed, and destroyed. Her name was struck from the Navy list 22 December 1944.