Built by Higgins Industries Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana. Commissioned May 19, 1944. Originally classified as FP-Type (Freight and Cargo Type), later the designation was changed to FS-Type (Freight and Supply Type).
Assigned to the South-West Pacific Area, with US Coast Guard and some Australian crew members.
After the war, this ship was used to transport surplus US supplies and
records from Sydney to
Guam and Manila. It is possible that the ship was carrying
all the records for the small ships operations in the South Pacific.
During July 1946, while along the north coast of New Guinea north of Madang the
captain miscalculated the tides during the early morning and hit
rocks near Bonu village
and drifted into the coral cleavers near Cape Croisilles and sank
in 60-120' of water.
The small crew was rescued by Catholic
Bishop John E. Cohill. They were later transported to Madang Airfield and flown out aboard a B-25 Mitchell.
During the late 1960s
Volker Leidner salvaged the propeller from the ship, but was
unable to recover it fully, only moving it closer to shore.
The ship's spare prop was salvaged in 1970 by salvager Fritz Herscheid, including a bell that confirmed the ship's identity
to be FS-172. Also, he salvaged copper piping and a spare propeller from the ship. Later, the ship's propellers were removed by Kevin Baldwin and Dave Barnet.
Incorrectly identified as the "USS Boston" or "SS Boston". Others incorrectly stated the wreck was a minesweeper that sunk after the war during a storm.
Today, the shipwreck is about 50km north of the Jais Aben
Resort. There is now a large
amount of coral and fish around the wreck. The wreck is still intact, has winches and cables
on the deck, office items in the one hold and large object (refrigerators
or freezers) in another. Much sea life is reported around the
Previously, this shipwreck was incorrectly identified as the "USS Boston" or "SS Boston"
New Guinea Salvage Pirate, page 108 - 113
Michael Mcfadyen - FS-172 - formerly thought to be USS Boston
Army FP/FS Vessels
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November 16, 2018