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Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944

ex-Huck Finn

Builder:  Midland Barge Company, Midland, Pennsylvania

Length: 160'

Beam: 40'

Draft: 8'

Displacement: 495 tons

Cost: N/A

Commissioned: 1944

Decommissioned: 3 October 1944

Disposition: Returned to owners

Machinery:  2 8-cylinder diesel engines

Performance & Endurance:



Armament: None

Electronics: None


The Franklin D. Roosevelt was a powered barge, the ex-Huck Finn, that entered commercial service in 1933.  She was designed as a towboat and was chartered by the Coast Guard in 1944 from the Inland Waterways Corporation for use as an ice-breaker on the Great Lakes.  She was returned to her owners on 3 October 1944.


Cutter History File.  USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.

Robert Scheina.  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.

Last Modified 1/12/2016