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USCGC Cahoone (WSC-131)
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USCGC Cahoone (WSC-131)
Career (United States)
Name: USCGC Cahoone
Builder: American Brown Boveri Electric Corp., Camden, NJ
Launched: 27 January 1927
Commissioned: 21 February 1927
Decommissioned: 11 March 1968
Fate: Sold 12 December 1968
General characteristics
Class & type: Active-class patrol boat
Displacement: 232 tons
Length: 125 feet
Beam: 23.5 feet
Draft: 7.5 feet
Propulsion: 2 x 6-cylinder, 300 hp engines
Speed: Maximum: 13 knots, 1945
Cruise: 8.0 knots
Range: 3,500 miles
Max. Speed: 2,500 miles
Complement: 3 officers, 17 men (1960)

1927: 1x 3"/27 1941: 1 x 3"/23, 2 x depth charge tracks
1945: 1 x 40mm/80 (single), 2 x 20mm/80 (single), 2 x depth charge tracks, 2 x mousetraps

1960: 1 x 40mm/60

USCGC Cahoone (WPC/WSC/WMEC-131) was an Active-class patrol boat of the United States Coast Guard. Launched in 1927, she served until 1968.

Class history[edit | edit source]

This class of vessels was one of the most useful and long-lasting in the Coast Guard with 16 cutters still in use in the 1960s. The last to be decommissioned from active service was the Morris in 1970; the last in actual service was the Cuyahoga, which sank after an accidental collision in 1978. They were designed for trailing the "mother ships" along the outer line of patrol during Prohibition. They were constructed at a cost of $63,173 each. They gained a reputation for durability that was only enhanced by their re-engining in the late 1930s: their original 6-cylinder diesels were replaced by significantly more powerful 8-cylinder units that used the original engine beds and gave the vessels 3 additional knots. All served in World War II, but two, the Jackson and Bedloe, were lost in a storm in 1944. Ten were refitted as buoy tenders during the war and reverted to patrol work afterward.

Cutter history[edit | edit source]

Stationed at Stapleton, New York, Cahoone took part in the rescue of survivors of the cruise ship Morro Castle, which burned off New Jersey in 1934. She was at Curtis Bay, Maryland, in 1936 and at Morehead City, North Carolina, in 1937. By 1940 she was at San Pedro, California, where she remained through World War II. From 1946 to 1954, she was at Mount Edgecumbe, Alaska. She was stationed at Galveston, Texas, until 1968.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • USCGC Cahoone (1927) at US Coast Guard Historian, which cites:
    • Cutter History File. USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.
    • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Washington, DC: USGPO.
    • Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.
    • Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946-1990. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.

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