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USCGC Cape Upright (WPB-95303)
Career (United States)
Name: USCGC Cape Upright (WPB-95303)
Owner: United States Coast Guard
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Coast Guard Yard
Commissioned: 2 July 1953[1]
Decommissioned: 6 January 1989
Homeport: 1953 – 60: Norfolk, Virginia
1961 – 69: Southport, North Carolina
1970 – 73: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
1976 – 77: Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland
1978 – 89: Savannah, Georgia
Nickname: Cape Up All Night
Cape Uptight
Cape Downright
Fate: Transferred to Bahamas, 10 June 1989
Career (The Bahamas)
Name: HMBS David Tucker (P07)
Owner: Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Operator: Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Acquired: 10 June 1989
Decommissioned: 1996 [2]
Fate: Sunk in 1997 as an artificial reef
General characteristics
Class & type: Cape class
Displacement: 102 long tons (114 short tons)
Length: 90 ft (27 m) waterline
95 ft (29 m) overall
Beam: 20 ft (6.1 m) max
Draft: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Propulsion: 4 Cummins VT-600 diesels
2 Detroit 16V149 diesels (renovated)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h)
24 knots (44 km/h) (renovated)
Range: 1,418 nautical miles (2,626 km; 1,632 mi)
Complement: 15
Armament: 2 mousetraps
2 depth charge racks
2 20mm (twin)
2 .50-caliber machine guns
2 12.7mm machine guns
2 40mm Mk 64 grenade launchers

USCGC Cape Upright was United States Coast Guard steel-hulled patrol boat of the 95-Foot or Cape class.

Service[edit | edit source]

Cape Upright was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, from 1953 to 1960 and was used for law enforcement (LE) and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

From 1961 to 1969, Cape Upright was stationed at Southport, North Carolina where she was again used for LE and SAR ops. On 29 April 1969, she medevaced a crewman from F/V Thalia. On 28 July 1969, Cape Upright towed the disabled schooner Chauve Souris 19 miles west of Frying Pan Light Tower to Southport, NC. On 24 December 1969, Cape Upright towed the disabled F/V Dream One 45 miles east of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

From 1970 to 1973, Cape Upright was stationed at Wrightsville Beach, NC, being used again for LE and SAR ops. On 31 July 1970, Cape Upright towed the disabled sailboat Pandora 35 miles southeast of Cape Fear to Wrightsville Beach. From 1974 to 1976, Cape Upright was held for transfer to Lebanon under the Military Assistance Program. Cape Upright then underwent major renovation at the Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland, in 1976 and 1977.

From 1978 to 1989, Cape Upright was stationed at Savannah, Georgia, and was used for LE and SAR ops. On 10 September 1982, Cape Upright helped seize M/V Mont Boron, which was suspected of drug smuggling off Florida. On 28 November 1982, Cape Upright seized the Cayman Island vessel Largo Izabel carrying 30 tons of marijuana after stopping her with gunfire. On 18 November 1986, Cape Upright seized a speedboat in the Straits of Florida with marijuana on board. On 21 November 1986, Cape Upright seized M/V Don Yeyo 120 miles east of Miami, Florida, carrying 12 tons of marijuana.[1]

Transfer[edit | edit source]

Cape Upright was transferred to The Bahamas 10 June 1989 and renamed David Tucker (P07).

Decommissioning[edit | edit source]

David Tucker (P07) was decommissioned in 1996 and donated to be sunk as an artificial reef in 1997 as part of Nassau's artificial reef program. A popular dive spot; it is located along an area known as Clifton Wall.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "CAPE UPRIGHT, 1953". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. United States Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/CapeUpright1953.asp. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  2. Barroux, Jean Charles. "Bahamas - Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) - Coast Guard". Latin American Military. http://www.lamilitary.org/BS_RBDFCG.html. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 

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