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USS Acushnet (ATO-63) on 5 October 1944
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Class: ACUSHNET (AT-63)
Design Revenue Cutter, 1908
Displacement (tons): 604 light
Dimensions (feet): 152.0' oa, 145.0' wl x 29' x 13.75'
Original Armament: 2-3"/23 (Dec. 1940)
Later armaments: None (Jan. 1942)
Speed (kts.): 11
Propulsion (HP): 1,033
Machinery: 1 screw, vertical triple expansion
||30 May 36
||Newport News SB & DD
||16 May 08
||1 Sep 36
||14 Dec 45
||8 Jan 46
||12 Dec 46
||12 Dec 46
Probably FY 1936 (BuC&R maintenance funds). This vessel was built for the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service (later Coast Guard) in 1908 as a seagoing tug-type cutter with rescue capabilities and served primarily in New England waters. Between 6 Apr 17 and 22 Sep 19 she was part of the Navy with the rest of the Coast Guard. She became surplus to the Coast Guard in 1936, but the Navy at this time had an urgent need for harbor tugs and ACUSHNET was transferred to the Navy and moved to Norfolk, Va. She served there as a tug until late June 1944 when she departed for Mobile, Ala., took the floating drydock AFD-26 under tow to the Canal Zone, and then reported for duty to Commander Pacific Sea Frontier. This command rejected her (possibly because she was coal fired as well as very old) and sent her back to Norfolk in August 1944.
||Ex ACUSHNET, Revenue Cutter Service Cutter No. 18, completed and commissioned 6 Nov 08. Delivered by USCG 30 May 36. To ATO-63 15 May 44. Sold (delivered) by MC to N. Block & Co., Norfolk, Va.
Compiled: 17 May 2011
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