|USCGC Woodbine (WLB-289)|
|Name:||USCGC Woodbine (WLB-289)|
|Builder:||Zenith Dredge Company, Duluth, Minnesota|
|Laid down:||2 February 1942|
|Launched:||3 July 1942|
|Commissioned:||17 November 1942|
|Decommissioned:||15 February 1972|
|Fate:||Donated to Cleveland Public School System, 19 June 1972|
|General characteristics |
|Type:||USCG seagoing buoy tender|
|Displacement:||1,025 long tons (1,041 t) (1966)|
|Length:||180 ft (55 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft (4.0 m) (1966)|
2 × Westinghouse generators|
2 × Cooper Bessemer-type diesel engines
1 × electric motor 1,000 shp (746 kW)|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Range:||11,000 nmi (20,000 km; 13,000 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) (1942)|
|Armament:||Small arms only|
|Notes:||20-ton boom with electric hoist|
The ship, a 180 feet (55 m) Cactus- or A-class tender, was built in Duluth, Minnesota by the Zenith Dredge Company, laid down on 2 February 1942, launched on 3 July 1942, and commissioned on 17 November 1942, as Woodbine (WAGL-289).
Service history[edit | edit source]
Atlantic coast, 1942–1944[edit | edit source]
Woodbine was assigned to Norfolk, Virginia for general aids-to-navigation (ATON) duties, but did not arrive at her post until 5 February 1943, being delayed by several unscheduled ice-breaking operations.
On 20 September 1943, she was transferred to San Juan, Puerto Rico for aids-to-navigation and law enforcement duties, inspecting vessels suspected of drug trafficking.
World War II, 1944–1945[edit | edit source]
On 15 January 1944, she sailed from Puerto Rico to Portsmouth Navy Yard for refitting, then sailed to San Francisco, where she was stationed from 7 March 1944. Woodbine was then deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations to take part in the amphibious assault on the Marianas Islands, and served as a mobile service base for the U.S. Navy's Southern Attack force during the attack on Guam, before taking part in the Okinawa campaign in 1945.
Lake Michigan, 1947–1972[edit | edit source]
At the end of the war Woodbine returned to the United States, and from 19 September 1947, was stationed in Grand Haven, Michigan, where she remained for the rest of her career.
On 19 April 1964 she was slightly damaged in a collision with MV Meteor while ice-breaking off Green Bay, Wisconsin.
From 18 to 20 August 1965, she was involved in recovering debris from United Airlines Flight 389 which had crashed into Lake Michigan. Also in 1965 her designation was changed from WAGL (which was a US Navy designation[Clarification needed]
denoting an auxiliary vessel, lighthouse tender) to WLB.
1972–[edit | edit source]
On 15 February 1972, as part of a government-wide savings plan, Woodbine was decommissioned and donated to the Cleveland Public School System through the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare/CSA to be used as a training ship in marine engineering and electronics. In the early 1980s, she was sold to a private owner at the cost of $150,000.
Sometime Prior to 1999 Woodbine was modified and used as a mobile fish-processing vessel in Alaska for the Woodbine Alaska Fishing Company (WAFCO). The buoy deck was enclosed and used as a processing floor with 4 large freezers. The forward deck was outfitted with multiple holding tanks for fish waiting to be processed.
References[edit | edit source]
- Ashmore, Melissa M.. "Woodbine, 1942" (pdf). United States Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/History/webcutters/Woodbine1942.pdf. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
- Hubbard, Brandon. "38 years ago, B-52 crash claimed nine lives near former Big Rock Point". Petoskey News-Review. http://articles.petoskeynews.com/2009-10-05/lake-michigan_24016911. Retrieved 2009-11-04.
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