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USCGC Tanager (WTR 885)

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

ex-USS Tanager (MSF 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
  • Sponsored by Mrs. Thomas Slingluff
  • 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
  • Commissioned USCGC Tanager (WTR 885), 16 July 1964
  • Commenced training operations from 6 August 1964 through 22 October 1969 at the Reserve Training Center at Yorktown, VA
  • 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.


  • Displacement 890 t.
  • Length 221' 1"
  • Beam 32' 2"
  • Draft 10' 9"
  • Speed 18.1 kts.
  • Complement 117
    1963 - 39
    1969 - 22
  • 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 60k Namesake: Tanager - Any of the numerous American, passerine birds. The brightly colored males are unmusical and inhabit woodlands Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 8 February 2020
    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 102k 31 August 2007
    Port of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
    Bob Gerety, crewmember
    Bob's Minesweeper Site

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Oscar Berndherd Lundgren, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1950)28 July 1945 - 4 October 1945
    02LCDR Stanley Owen Davis, USNR/USN4 October 1945 - August 1946
    03LTJG Merton Dick Van Orden, USN - USNA Class of 194510 January 1947 - 12 February 1947
    04LT Cornelius Emmett McMullen, USN - Awarded the Silver Star (1950)12 February 1947 - 15 March 1947
    05LCDR Robert Judson Sammons, USN - USNA Class of 194315 March 1947 - 10 June 1948
    06LTJG Charles Philip Miller, USN10 June 1948 - 15 January 1949
    07LTJG Wyatt Eugene Harper, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 194315 January 1949 - April 1949
    08LCDR William Hughlett Hardcastle, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1945April 1949 - January 1950
    09LT John Anthony McTighe, USN - USNA Class of 1943January 1950 - 10 October 1950
    10LTJG Harry Russell Moore, USN10 October 1950
    11LT John Anthony McTighe, USN - USNA Class of 194320 October 1950
    12LT Walter Henry Weible, USN1951
    13LT Horace Lowell Barnes, USN1953 - 10 December 1954
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Robert G. Elm, USCG16 July 1964
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, R. A. Moody, Stanley Owen Davis, Jr. and Joe Radigan

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