Bullwheel (YO-46), 1942-1964

Bullwheel, a self-propelled fuel oil barge, was built at Superior, Wisconsin. Placed in service in October 1942, she soon left the Great Lakes by way of the Saint Lawrence River. After fitting out at Boston, Massachusetts, during the first three months of 1943 Bullwheel voyaged to the U.S. West Coast by way of the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. She was employed for several months transporting aviation gasoline to bases in the Aleutians, then moved to the central Pacific to continue her important, if undramatic, services in support of the war against Japan. Subsequently operating in the southern and western Pacific, Bullwheel was in the Philippines when the fighting ended in August 1945. She remained active in that area for nearly two more decades, and was sold to a private Manila firm in November 1964.

This page features the only views we have concerning the fuel oil barge Bullwheel (YO-46).

Photo #: 80-G-79700


At Kodiak, Alaska on 4 May 1943.
The ship in the background MAY be S.S. Baranof, which was USS Santa Elisa (ID # 4352) in 1919.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives Collection

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Photo #: NH 107091


Ship's Officers and Men at Olongapo, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands on 8 May 1946. Bullwheel is directly behind them.
Taken by Leonor Art Studio, Subic City, P.I.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 133 KB; 900 x 635 pixels


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To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

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