From: Dictionary of
American Naval Fighting Ships
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YAGR-9: dp. 10760 (f.), l. 441'6", b. 56'11', dr. 24', s.
11 k.; cpl. 150; cl. Guardian; T. ~EC2-S-C5
Investigator (YAGR-9) was launched by J. A, Jones
Co., Inc., Panama City, Fla., as Liberty Ship Charles A Draper 9 January 1945,
sponsored by Mrs. E. L Cills and delivered 24 January 1945 to Polarus Steamship
Co., Inc. The ship carried replacement
aircraft and cargo until the end of the war and entered the James River
National Defense Reserve Fleet 26 October 1945. After a brief period of service in 1947 she entered the Reserve
Fleet at Mobile, and was acquired by the Navy 2 July 1956. Renamed Investigator, she was
converted to Navy use at Charleston Naval Shipyard and commissioned there 16
January 1957, Lt. Comdr. J. H. Mehus in command.
Equipped with the latest in air search and tracking
systems, the ship conducted her shakedown training in the Caribbean and
departed Guantanamo Bay for her new home port, Davisville, R.I. Investigator began her operational
pattern of 3- to 4-week cruises in the North Atlantic as the seaward extension
of the Continental Air Defense Command's air early warning system. Operating in conjunction with search
aircraft, she could detect, track, and report aircraft at long ranges, and in
the event of enemy attack could control high speed U.S. interceptor aircraft
and direct them to target. The ship was
reclassified AGR-9 effective 28 September 1958. She continued radar picket station duties for the Continental Air
Defense Command, detecting and tracking inbound airborne objects and
controlling Jet interceptor aircraft until decommissioned 29 March 1965. Her name was struck from the Navy List 1
April 1965. She was transferred the
same day to the Maritime Commission and entered the Maritime Hudson River
Defense Reserve Fleet, N.Y., where she remains.
Transcribed by: Bill