Source: Library of Congress
The USS Ranger came to the rescue!
When called upon, she transported many personnel to the outlying islands to assist those in need.
Governor Philip Williams was so grateful for their assistance during the emergency, that he sent the crew a personal letter of thanks.
Repairs at Creque Marine Railway
In 1925, the vessel was lifted at the Creque Marine Railway.
Her routine maintenance included cleaning and applying anticorrosive paint to her hull.
The Ranger Surveys the Shoreline
In 1927, the Ranger was involved in surveying the shoreline around Hans Lollik, Brass Island, Cochroach Island and Dutchman’s Cap.
Warnings were posted in the newspapers for the fisherman to refrain from placing any traps or gear with floats in this vicinity.
A few years later the vessel was sold and eventually listed under a Panamanian registry.
It’s not certain whether she still cruises the coastline today, but when she was lifted at the railway, with 133 feet in length, she was an impressive sight!
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