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International Petroleum Co., Ltd., London
Toteco - (1921-1930)
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The Miramar Ship Index for "TOTECO"
IDNo:
5128431
Year:
1921
Name:
TOTECO
Keel:
Type:
Tug
Launch Date:
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
06.1921

Tons:
449
Link:
DWT:
Yard No:
151
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
38.7
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
9.9
Builder:
Kyle & Purdy
Material of build:
Location of yard:
City Island
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1C-

Subsequent History:
1930 WALLING - 1942 ACCELERATE - 1948 MARIGO -
1950 SEMARA II - 1951 GEORGE

Disposal Data:
Deleted 1998.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
221364
5128431
1921
TOTECO
449
Intnl Petroleum Co.
221364
5128431
1921
WALLING
449
1930
E.D. Walling
ARS-30
5128431
1921
ACCELERATE
449
1942
U.S. Navy
5128431
1921
MARIGO
449
1948
J.A. Papadopoulos
5128431
1921
SEMARA II
449
1950
Avila
5128431
5128431
1921
GEORGE
449
1951
Venezolana

USS Accelerate (ARS-30) was a salvage ship in the service of the United States Navy.
She was originally built as the steam-propelled mooring tender Toteco by Kyle & Purdy, for International Petroleum. Either late in 1929 or early 1930, the vessel was renamed Walling.
Service history
World War II, 19421946
After the United States entered World War II, the Navy acquired her at New York City on 2 April 1942, classified her as a salvage vessel, ARS-30, on 11 April 1943, and simultaneously renamed her Accelerate. No conversion was deemed necessary to prepare her for Navy use. Between these last two events, she may have been used privately by the Merritt, Chapman, Scott Co. because the Navy accepted her back from the company on 5 September 1946.
Records on the ship's naval career are scarce and in some matters confusing, if not contradictory. It appears that Accelerate was assigned to the 3rd Naval District throughout her service in the Navy. She was apparently operated under contract with the Navy by the Merritt, Chapman, and Scott Co. in waters near New York City. Some evidence exists indicating that the salvage vessel was placed in commission on 15 March 1945, but, if so, no logs of her service have been found, and no record of her decommissioning has survived.

Name:
USS Accelerate
Builder:
Kyle & Purdy, New York
Launched:
1921
Acquired:
2 April 1942
Commissioned:
15 March 1945
Struck:
7 February 1947
Fate:
Sold as surplus, 1948
General characteristics
Type:
Salvage ship
Displacement:
400 long tons (406 t)
Length:
129 ft 6 in (39.47 m)
Beam:
32 ft (9.8 m)
Draft:
14 ft (4.3 m)
Speed:
12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Armament:
2 × 6-pounder (2.7 kg) guns