Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive

USCGC Tallapoosa (WPG 52)



Call sign:
Nan - Roger - Charlie - Victor

ex-USCGC Tallapoosa (CG 27)



Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Dog - Pup


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


Tallapoosa Class Revenue Cutter:

  • The second Tallapoosa was built in 1915 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 1 May 1915
  • Commissioned USCGC Tallapoosa (CG 27) 12 August 1915
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Reclassified WPG-52
  • Decommissioned 8 November 1945 at Curtis Bay, MD
  • Sold 22 July 1946 to the Caribbean Fruit and Steamship Co., Inc.
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 912 t.
  • Length 165' 10"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 11' 9"
    1919 - 20' 9"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 72
    1919 - 61
  • Armament: Two 6-pounders, two machine guns and one "Y" gun
    1930 - Two 6-pounders, two 3"/50 mounts
    1941 - Two 3"/50 mounts, one 3"/23 mount, two depth charge tracks
    1945 - Two 3"/50 mounts, two 20mm mounts, two mousetraps, four K-guns and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one 1,000shp triple expansion (17", 27" and 44" diameter x 30" stroke) steam engine, one shaft.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Tallapoosa 84k c. 1920 U.S. Coast Guard
    Tallapoosa 80k Photo from the 1924 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 109k Original Photo: c. 1935
    Replacement photo: c. June 1935
    Latuya Bay, AK
    Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina
    Original photo: U.S. Coast Guard
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 119k Original photo: c. 1944
    Overhead view
    Replacement photo: 7 April 1944
    This photo affords an execellent view of her armament. She mounts two single 3"/50s fore and aft, two single 20mm guns elevated forward of the aft 3"/50, two Mousetrap ASW rocket launchers on the forecastle, four K-guns on the poop deck, and two long depth-charge tracks on the stern
    Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina
    Original photo: U.S. Coast Guard
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    View the
    Tallapoosa history entry located on the Coast Guard Cutter History website

    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Unnumbered Ships Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History