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USCGC AB-9
ex-USCGC Pioneer
ex-USCGC Gurkha
ex-USS Gurkha (SP 600)

Gurkha served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.

Patrol Boat:

  • Built in 1915 by Britt Brothers, West Lynn, MA
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Gurkha (SP 600), 22 May 1917
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 25 June 1919 and renamed USCGC Gurkha
  • Renamed Pioneer in December 1919
  • Renamed AB-9 in November 1923
  • Disposed of in 1934
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 30 t.
  • Length 58' 11"
  • Beam 13'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement: Two (1919)
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and one 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Gurkha 113k In port, circa 1917-1918. A small boat from USS Bonita (SP-540) is resting on her after deck. Battleship in the background is probably USS Virginia (Battleship No. 13).
    U.S. Navy photo NH 96135
    Naval Historical Center

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