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USS Bushnell (AS-2)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Bushnell (AS-2)

USS Bushnell (AS-2) was launched 9 February 1915 by Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Co., Seattle, Wash.; sponsored by Miss Esculine Warwick Bushnell, great-grandniece of David Bushnell; and commissioned 24 November 1915, Lieutenant D. F. Boyd in Command.

USS Bushnell (AS-2) acted as tender for submarines operating off Queenstown until the end of World War I. She later escorted captured German submarines to England, Canada, and the United States. In September 1920 she assisted in salvage operations on the submarine S-5 sunk off the Delaware Capes and, until August 1931, cruised with various Submarine Divisions on the Atlantic coast, in the Caribbean, on the west coast, and to the Hawaiian Islands. USS Bushnell (AS-2) arrived at San Diego 3 September 1931 and reported for duty with the Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, with whom she operated until 1937. USS Bushnell (AS-2) towed the frigate Constitution from San Diego to the Canal Zone during March and April 1934 and in February 1935 assisted in the search for survivors of the dirigible Macon which crashed off San Diego.

In December 1937 she was transferred to duty with the Hydrographic Survey and carried out her operations on the coasts of Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, British Guiana, and Somoa until September 1941. On 25 July 1940 her designation was changed to AG-32 and on 23 August she was renamed USS Bushnell (AS-2) . 

For a complete history of USS Bushnell (AS-2) please see its DANFS page.