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USCGC Tanager (WTR 885)



WTR-885 call sign:
November - Golf - Sierra - Sierra

ex-USS Tanager (MSF 385)
ex-AM-385



MSF-385 call sign:
November - India - Golf - Alpha


Tanager served the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard

Auk Class Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 29 March 1944 by the American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, Ohio
  • Launched 9 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Tanager (AM-385), 28 July 1945
  • Decommissioned 10 December 1954 at Orange, TX and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange Group
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Minesweeper (Steel Hull), MSF-385, 7 February 1955
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 4 October 1963
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1963
  • Decommissioned 1 February 1972
  • Sold 15 November 1972 to William A. Hardesty of Seattle, Washington
  • Part of the 1995 movie "The Usual Suspects" was filmed on board Tanager
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 1"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 117
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40mm gun mounts, six 20mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), four depth charge projectors (K-guns) and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 1,766shp General Motors 12-278A diesel electric drive engines, Westinghouse single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Tanager (AM 385)
    Tanager 33k . .
    Tanager 95k Underway, circa 1946-1947
    Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection
    U.S. Navy photo NH 107427
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Tanager 14k c. 1953. Marseille, France
    Left to right: Staff (AM-114), Towhee (AM-388), Tanager and Turcel (AM-386)
    Bob Gerety, crewmember
    Bob's Minesweeper Site
    USCGC Tanager (WTR 885)
    Tanager 18k . Ken Laesser
    Tanager 59k . Robert Hurst
    Tanager 193k c. 1970
    U.S. Coast Guard photo
    Tanager
    Tanager 102k 31 August 2007
    Port of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    Bob Gerety, crewmember
    Bob's Minesweeper Site

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Oscar Berndherd Lundgren, USNR28 July 1945 - 4 October 1945
    02LCDR Stanley Owen Davis, USNR4 October 1945 - August 1946
    03LCDR Egbert Adolph Roth, USNAugust 1946 - January 1947
    04LTJG Merton Dick Van Orden, USN - USNA Class of 194510 January 1947 - 12 February 1947
    05LT Cornelius Emmett McMullen, USN12 February 1947 - 15 March 1947
    06LCDR Robert Judson Sammons, USN15 March 1947 - 10 June 1948
    07LTJG Charles Philip Miller, USN10 June 1948 - 15 January 1949
    08LTJG Wyatt Eugene Harper, Jr., USN15 January 1949 - April 1949
    09LCDR William Hughlet Hardcastle, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1945April 1949 - January 1950
    10LT John Anthony McTighe, USN - USNA Class of 1943January 1950
    11LTJG Harry Russell Moore, USNJanuary 1950 - 10 October 1950
    12LT John Anthony McTighe, USN - USNA Class of 194320 October 1950
    13LT Horace Lowell Barnes, USN1953 - 10 December 1954
    14LCDR Robert G. Elm, USCG16 July 1964
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, R. A. Moody and Stanley Owen Davis, Jr.

    View the Tanager (MSF-385)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    View the Tanager
    history entry located on the Coast Guard Cutter History website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Bob's Minesweeper Site
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