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USCGC EM Messick (WYP 358)
ex-USS W. L. Messick (SP 322)



Call sign:
George - Sail - Quack - Tare

W. L. Messick served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.


Trawler/Minesweeper:

  • Built in 1911 by Smith and McCoy, Norfolk, VA
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 April 1917 and commissioned USS W. L. Messick (SP 322) the same day
  • Decommissioned 27 August 1919 and sold to her previous owner
  • Acquired by the Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC EM Messick (WYP 358), 24 June 1943 (The EM in front of the name stood for Emergency Manning)
  • Decommissioned 2 March 1944
  • Returned to her owner 13 March 1944
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 237 t.
  • Length 145'
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 9'
  • Complement 36
  • Armament: One 6-pounders
    1943 - One 20mm mount and two Mousetrap depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: One 600bhp diesel engine, one shaft.
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    W. L. Messick 81k Probably photographed at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, circa 1917. A six-pounder gun is mounted on her foredeck. Another converted "Menhaden Fisherman" patrol and minesweeping vessel is in the background
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89760
    Robert Hurst

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