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Photographer:Chris Howell [View profile]Title:USNS PVT John R Towle TAK240Added:Sep 09, 2012
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Location:Lyttelton, New Zealand
Photo Category: Auxiliaries
Description:
Russell Priest owned neg/slide with copyright

Completed 1944 as APPLETON VICTORY

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http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/13/130240.htm
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Pennant no.:TAK240
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redbarry on Dec 07, 2017 02:02 (6 days ago)
I sailed on the TOWLE IN 1964 as a 3rd Assistant Engineer.
REG on Sep 09, 2012 22:53 (5 years ago)
I don't know about Felixstowe, but I was on her when she docked at Barry, Wales and Glen Douglas, Scotland, among other places. This old ship sailed everywhere, from Peru to the Persian Gulf, and from Greenland to Antarctica. She was the last of over 550 Victory cargo ships still operating, and was laid up in 1980 after 35 years of hard service. Not bad for a ship that was slapped together in two months, and was considered to have served her purpose if she completed a single voyage. The Towle may not have been the most famous ship, but she was a true classic!

Incidentally, the name of this ship was derived from Private John R. Towle, a U.S. Army soldier who was awarded the Congressional medal of Honor posthumously. That was because the ship used to be operated by the U.S. Army Transport Service. In 1950 the administration of the armed services were combined under a single Department of Defense, doing away with a separate War Department and Navy Department. One result was that the Army Transport Service was abolished. All the Army Transport Service's ships, including the Towle, were transferred to the Navy, but they kept their old Army names.
Chris Howell on Sep 09, 2012 20:21 (5 years ago)
Is PVT correct, NAVSOURCE the main USN site has her as PRIVATE ?
Bjørn Knudsen on Sep 09, 2012 19:40 (5 years ago)
PVT.JOHN R.TOWLE - (IDNo:2247293)
Ship Design:VC2-S-AP3
Builder:Oregon
Location of yard:Portland, Ore.USA
BU Brownsville 6.82 [Andy Machinery Co]
Paul Wille on Sep 09, 2012 18:42 (5 years ago)
USNS PVT JOHN R.TOWLE
DEREK SANDS on Sep 09, 2012 10:00 (5 years ago)
Remember this one calling at Felixstowe in late 60's

rgds
Derek
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