|USCGC Basswood (WLB-388)|
USCGC Basswood through the Straits of Mackinac on 12 May 1944
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USCGC Basswood (WLB-388)|
|Builder:||Marine and Iron Shipbuilding Corporation|
|Laid down:||21 March 1943|
|Launched:||20 May 1943|
|Commissioned:||12 January 1944|
|Decommissioned:||4 September 1998|
|Fate:||Sold on 24 November 2000, eventually scrapped|
|Class & type:||Iris-class buoy tender|
|Displacement:||935 long tons (950 t)|
|Length:||180 ft (55 m)|
|Beam:||47 ft 1 in (14.35 m)|
|Draft:||12 ft (3.7 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 × electric motor connected to 2 Westinghouse generators driven by 2 Cooper Bessemer-type GND-8, 4-cycle diesels; single screw|
8.3 kn (15.4 km/h; 9.6 mph) cruising|
13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph) maximum
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USCGC Basswood (WLB-388)
The Basswood in Duluth, Minnesota and commissioned in January 1944. From March to April 1944 she performed general ATON and icebreaking on the Great Lakes after which she was transferred to Astoria, Oregon for additional ATON duty until the end of World War II.
From 1968 until her decommissioning in 1998, the Basswood was stationed in Guam and holds the distinction of being commissioned longer than any other naval ship assigned there. While on station, she was the driving force behind Project Handclasp, a US Navy program to provide health care and humanitarian relief to outlying islands in the Pacific Ocean.
- ↑ "Basswood WLB 388". http://www.navalcovermuseum.org/restored/BASSWOOD_WLB_388.html. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 "USCG Basswood". US Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Basswood1943.asp. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
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