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USCGC Basswood (WLB-388)
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USCGC Basswood through the Straits of Mackinac on 12 May 1944
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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
Badge: USCGC Basswood Badge
General characteristics
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
Speed: 8.3 kn (15.4 km/h; 9.6 mph) cruising
13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph) maximum
  • 6 officers
  • 74 enlisted
  • 1 x 3 inch gun
  • 2 x 20mm/80
  • 2 x depth charge tracks
  • 2 x Mousetraps
  • 4 x Y-guns
  • The USCGC Basswood (WLB-388) was a Iris-class buoy tender belonging to the United States Coast Guard launched on 20 May 1943 and commissioned on 12 January 1944.[1]


    International radio call sign of
    USCGC Basswood (WLB-388)[2]
    ICS November ICS Oscar ICS Delta ICS Golf
    November Oscar Delta Golf

    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.[2]

    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.[2]

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