WIX; ex-Sophie; ex-Sierra Lucena; ex-Inverglas
A Samoan word meaning "teller of tales." Also a pseudonym used by Robert Lewis Stevenson.
History:The Tusitala was a 261-foot, square-rigged ship constructed of iron in 1883 and was the last ship built by the famous R. Steel yard in Greenock, Scotland. She was first used in the wool trade between Australia and England. She was acquired by the Maritime Service for use as a training vessel in 1940.
When all merchant marine training responsibilities were assigned to the Maritime Service, the Tusitala was decommissioned on 31 August 1942 and returned to the Maritime Service.
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.