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Ashley

 

A river which rises in Berkeley County, S.C., and flows southeast some 40 miles before emptying into Charleston harbor.

 

(IX-83: dp. 41; l. 65'; b. 17'6"; dr. 4'; s. 7'/2 k.)

 

Winslow—an auxiliary schooner built during 1937 in the Bahama Islands at Harbor Island by T. Berlin Albury—was acquired by the Navy from the Adavondach School, Inc., of Florida, on 29

 

July 1942; renamed Ashley on 4 September 1942 and designated IX-83 that same day; and placed in service on 11 September 1942 at the section base at Port Everglades, Fla.

 

The purpose for which Ashley was acquired and placed in service remains unclear. It is possible that she was to have been used in either the Inshore Patrol or the Coastal Picket Patrol, but nothing definitive is known. She spent her entire, brief Navy career assigned to the 7th Naval District probably operating from Port Everglades, Fla. On 24 March 1943, she was selected for lay up by the Commandant, 7th Naval District. The date of her being placed out of service has not been found, but her name was struck from the Navy list on 16 November 1943. On 22 January 1944, she was loaned to the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corp. for operation in some unspecified service by a civilian crew. Her ultimate disposition also remains a mystery.