USS Nashawena (AG-142)
|Namesake:||An island off the coast of Massachusetts|
|Builder:||Seattle Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corporation, Seattle, Washington|
|Completed:||as USASPB Col. William. A. Glassford a wooden-hulled self-propelled barge (BSP)|
|Acquired:||from the U.S. Army, 20 June 1947|
|Commissioned:||20 June 1947 as USS Nashawena (AG-142)|
|Decommissioned:||17 August 1953, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California|
|Reclassified:||YAG-35, 9 September 1947|
|Homeport:||Mare Island, California|
|Fate:||sold, 1 June 1960, renamed Omega; fate unknown|
|Complement:||29 officers and enlisted|
USS Nashawena (AG-142/YAG-35) was a U.S. Navy cable layer. She was constructed during World War II for the U.S. Army Signal Corps as USASPB Col. William. A. Glassford, a wooden-hulled self-propelled barge. She was transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1947 as a miscellaneous auxiliary and assigned to cable-laying duties for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Constructed in Seattle, Washington
Nashawena, a cable ship built in 1944 by the Seattle Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Seattle, Washington, was operated by the U.S. Army as Col. Wm. A. Glassford until transferred to the U.S. Navy 20 June 1947; and commissioned as Nashawena (AG–142) the same day, Lt. William K. Bickenbach in command.
Cable service on the U.S. West Coast
Nashawena soon commenced cable laying and tending services in the 12th Naval District and in the 14th Naval District for the U.S. Naval Electronics Laboratory. Reclassified YAG–35, 9 September 1947, she continued to provide communications maintenance until decommissioned at Mare Island, her homeport 17 August 1953.
In-service at Treasure Island
Nashawena was sold to Anthony Zahardis, 1 June 1960, towed from Treasure Island, 3 July, and subsequently struck from the Naval Register. She was renamed Omega and was used by the U.S. Undersea Cable Corporation for cable laying work.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- USS Nashawena (YAG-35) – ex - USS Nashawena (AG-142) (1947 - 1952) - USASPB COL. William Al Glassford (1944 - 1947)