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Smith, 1919

ex-SC-155


Builder: Gibbs Gas Engine, Jacksonville, FL

To USCG: 22 November 1919

Decommissioned 2 June 1937

Disposition: Sold

Hull:

Displacement (tons)- 75 tons

Length- 110' oa

Beam- 14' 8.75"

Draft- 5' 11"

Machinery

Main Engines- 3 standard 6-cylinder gasoline engines

SHP-660

Propellers- three

Armament-1 1-pdr.


Design & Service:

The submarine-chaser construction program of World War I resulted in construction of 440 vessels, all of which were completed by February 1919.  To free steel supplies for larger vessels, all of these vessels were built of wood in various small shipyards.  Two-hundred twenty-one of these vessels were sent to Europe, but the rest were parceled out for other uses after the Armistice.  The majority of the Coast Guard vessels had short service lives because they were not economical to operate or maintain.  Many of these vessels were named for members of the torpedoed USCGC Tampa, lost during World War I.

This vessel was transferred at Key West, FL.  In 1923 she was sent to the West Coast and remained stationed at Ketchikan, AK until 1925.  She was at Oakland, CA until last in the Coast Guard register in 1937.


Sources:

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

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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