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Calumet, 1934


Calumet is a peace pipe of the North American Indians; it is also the name of several cities and towns in the United States.

Builder:  Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina

Cost: $235,953

Commissioned: 3 December 1934

Decommissioned: 29 September 1967


Length: 110' 6"

Beam:  24'

Draft: 12' 6"

Displacement: 290 tons

Propulsion:  2 x McIntosh Seymour 6-cylinder diesel engines; 2 x GE generators; 1 x GE motor; 800 SHP; 

     Max: 13 knots
     Economic: 10 knots; 1,500 mile range

Deck Gear: 

Complement: 16

Armament: 2 x 20mm/80; 2 depth charge tracks 

     Radar: SO-8
     Sonar: ?


Calumet, a harbor tug with light ice-breaking capabilities, was commissioned on 3 December 1934 and was first stationed at New York.  She was used for customs boardings and law enforcement and search and rescue operations.  She was later transferred to Baltimore.  During World War II she was assigned to the 5th Naval District and was based out of Norfolk, Virginia.  In September, 1945, she was transferred to San Francisco, California.  Here she remained for the rest of her Coast Guard service.  She was used for customs boardings, escorting of ammunition-laden vessels to and from the Naval Weapons Station, Concord, California, and law enforcement and search and rescue operations.  On 26 September 1966 she helped fight a fire on a barge in San Francisco harbor.

She was decommissioned on 29 September 1967 and was sold on 25 November 1968.


Donald Canney.  U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

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.

U.S. Coast Guard.  Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard: 1790 - December 31, 1933.  Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934; 1989 (reprint).

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