Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May's routine repairs

While stationed in Espiritu Santo during the first half of the month of May 1943, in addition to major repairs to Alchiba, the overhaul of YP-515 and YAG-24, and "voyage repairs" on the YO-144, Dad's ship, Vestal, tackled numerous "routine not alongside repairs" to various vessels of the fleet. In relative order of service and repair, these ships included: Bougainville, Tappahannock, Helena, ARD 5, Nashville, PC-477, plus the Shore Station and various shop jobs on ships in the harbor.

On May 16, Vestal will sail to Sydney, Australia. It will arrive on May 22, and dock at Cockatoo Island in Sydney. On the 24th, the ship will enter drydock for hull cleaning, painting, and repairs.

Source: USS Vestal War Diary, May 1943

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