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USCGC Palmetto

USCG Cutter Palmetto

Palmetto, 1917

WAGL-265

USCG Cutter Palmetto WAGL-265


Any palm of the genus Thrinax or Coccothrinax.


Builder:
Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock & Repair Company, Jacksonville, Florida
Length:
90'
Beam:
22'
Draft:
4'
Displacement:
170-tons
Cost:
$28,975 (Todays cost:$587,132.53)
Commissioned:
19 March 1917
Decommissioned:
23 March 1958
Dispoition:
Sold
Machinery:
Twin propellers
1917, 2 four-cylinder 150 HP gasoline engines
1930, 2 Superior 350 HP diesel engines
Performance & Endurance:
Max: 7.5 knots (8.6 MPH)
Cruising: 7 knots (8.1 MPH) 1,000 mile range
Deck Gear:
Wood derrick
Gasoline-powered hoist
8-ton capacity
Complement:
11 (1917)
Armament:
None
Electronics:
None

Tender History:

The Palmetto was built at Jacksonville, Florida in 1916 as a small bay tender for the Lighthouse Service. She was designed for shoal-water service in the Jacksonville area. She had a steel hull, wood deck and superstructure. Upon commissioning she immediately assumed tender duties out of her permanent station at Charleston, South Carolina. She continued to operate out of Charleston until 1939, when the Lighthouse Service became part of the Coast Guard.

She remained in an active status as a Coast Guard buoy tender until 1 November 1941, when Executive Order 8929 transferred the Coast Guard to the Navy. Palmetto continued naval service as a buoy tender stationed at Charleston until 1 January 1946, when she returned to the Treasury Department. Thereafter she functioned as a harbor and coastal buoy tender, servicing the navigational aids in the Charleston area. She was fitted with a pile driver when needed.

Palmetto was decommissioned on 23 May 1958 and was sold 13 April 1959 at Charleston.


Sources:

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Washington, DC: USGPO.

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.