Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Ensign from USS Escape (ARS-6) flown during the launch of Apollo 13 


50 star us national flag/navy ensign flown on uss escape

Title: Ensign, USS Escape (ARS-6), Apollo XIII Launch
Accession #: NHHC 1970-419-A
Circa: 1970
Size: 
Medium: Fabric
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

One fifty-star US ensign from USS Escape (ARS-6). Nylon fly has a blue canton with fifty white stars. The remainder of the fly consists of seven red and six white alternating horizontal stripes. It has a white canvas hoist, attached brass ring, and snap hook.

Commissioned 20 November 1943 as a Diver-class rescue and salvage ship, Escape spent the latter part of World War II involved in recovery missions off of Bermuda. Though decommissioned in 1946, she was recommissioned in 1951 to continue her salvage operations along the eastern seaboard and the Caribbean. Her mission changed slightly when, on 30 January 1960, Escape was assigned to assist in the space flight program, starting with Project Mercury. During the launch of Apollo XIII on 11 April 1970, this ensign flew aboard Escape while she served as a secondary recovery ship for the launch.

Published: Mon Apr 08 12:02:19 EDT 2019