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Violet, 1930

WAGL / WLM-250

Any of various low-growing plants of the genus Viola, bearing spurred, irregular flowers that are purplish-blue and occasionally yellow or white.

Builder: Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Length: 173' 4"

Beam: 32'

Draft: 10' 6"

Displacement: 1,012 tons

Cost: $337,840

Commissioned: 21 August 1930

Decommissioned: 2 January 1962

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: 2 triple-expansion vertical inverted steam engines; 2 Babcock & Wilcox oil-fired watertube boilers; 800 SHP; twin propellers

Performance & Endurance:

       Max: 11.5 knots; 1,700 mile range
       Cruising: 7.0 knots; 1,800 mile range

Deck Gear: 20-ton capacity boom; steam-powered hoist

Complement: 38 (1961)

Electronics: SO-1 detection radar; WEA-2 sonar (1945); SPN-11 radar; UNQ-1 sonar (1961)

Armament: None (1930); 1 x 3"/50; 2 x 20mm/80; 2 depth charge tracks (1945

Tender History:

The Violet was one of three coast-wise Violet-Class tenders built in the 1930s, the others being the Lilac and Mistletoe.  The Violet was the lead ship of her class and was commissioned on 21 August 1930.  She was assigned to the 5th Lighthouse District and was based out of Baltimore, where she tended aids to navigation throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

During World War II she was assigned to the 5th Naval District and was based out of Norfolk, Virginia for the duration.  She returned to duty out of Baltimore where she served until the end of her government career.

She was decommissioned on 2 January 1962 and was sold on 8 March 1963. 


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

Douglas Peterson.  United States Lighthouse Service Tenders, 1840-1939. Annapolis: Eastwind Publishing, 2000.

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.

Last Modified 12/21/2016