USS Algol

New Jersey,USA

USS James Barnes was an Andromeda class attack ship laid down by Moore Dry Dock Company in Oakland in December 1942. She was launched in February 1943 and commissioned as USS Algol November that same year. She was assigned to the Pacific and was part of Task Unit 78.11 in 1945 supplying troops in the Philippines and the Japanese Islands until the end of World War Two. At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 she transported parts of US Marines 1st Division as part of the Inchon Invasion and participated with support until 1953. She earned herself  Two Battle Stars for service in World War Two, and another five Battle Stars in the Korean War. She continued her service in the Pacific until she was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet in November 1961 and took part of the embargo against Cuba in 1962. She was decommissioned July 1970, and stricken from the US Navy ship lists in January 1977.  She was transferred to state of New Jersey and scuttled as an artificial reef 22. November 1991. The wreck rest today east of Point Pleasant Beach, standing on her keel like a classic Donald Duck wreck on a depth of 22 to 40 meter.

Former names:
USS Algol
James Barnes, AKA-54, LKA-54
459,2 x 63,0 x 26,4 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
6556 disp ( std )
Oakland ( US ) 1943
( US )

40°07'36.8"N 73°39'23.0"W

Picture: USS Algol
Courtesy of US Navy,Public domain

Last updated: December 2020