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Sycamore-class buoy tender
WLR 1
USCGC Forsythia
Class overview
Builders: Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works, Dubuque, Iowa (Sycamore & Dogwood)
Avondale Marine Ways, Westwego, Louisiana (Forsythia)
Operators: United States Coast Guard
Cost: $159,000 each
Built: 1941–1943
In commission: 1941–1989
Completed: 3
General characteristics [1][2][3]
Type: Buoy tender
Displacement: Sycamore & Dogwood :
280 tons
Forsythia :
230 tons
Length: Sycamore & Dogwood :
113 ft 9 in (34.67 m)
Forsythia :
114 ft (35 m)
Beam: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Draft: Sycamore & Dogwood :
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Forsythia :
5 ft (1.5 m)
Propulsion: Sycamore & Dogwood :
2 × General Motors diesel engines
800 bhp (597 kW)
Forsythia :
2 × Superior diesel engines
720 bhp (537 kW)
2 shafts
Speed: Sycamore & Dogwood :
11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Forsythia :
10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: Sycamore & Dogwood : 20
Forsythia : 24
Armament: Small arms

The Sycamore class were three river buoy tenders of the United States Coast Guard, commissioned in 1941 and 1943. Primarily designed to maintain navigational aids, they also conducted flood relief, search and rescue, and law enforcement operations, as well as pleasure boat safety inspections.

ShipsEdit

Name Commissioned Decommissioned
Sycamore (WAGL-268) 9 September 1941 30 June 1977
Dogwood (WAGL-259) 17 September 1941 11 August 1989
Forsythia (WAGL-63) 15 February 1943 12 August 1977

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Sycamore, 1941". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. 2012. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Sycamore_1941.asp. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. "Dogwood, 1941". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. 2012. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Dogwood1941.asp. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. "Forsythia, 1943". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. 2012. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Forsythia_1943.pdf. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 

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