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USCGC White Sumac (WLM-540)
USCGC White Sumac (WAGL-540) (1947 - 1968)
USS YF-416 (1944 - 1946)

USCGC White Sumac - International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - November - Alpha

USS YF-416 was transferred to the US Coast Guard after World War II, named USCGC White Sumac (WAGL-540) later transferred to the Dominican Republic renamed Capotillo (BA-2)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

YF-257 Class Self-propelled Covered Lighter:
  • Laid down in 1942, at Niagara Shipbuilding Co. in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Launched in 1943
  • Placed in service as YF-416, 6 November 1943, allocated to the 3rd Naval District
  • Placed out of service in 1946
  • Acquired by the US Coast Guard in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1947
  • Commissioned, as the Coastal Buoy Tender USCGC White Sumac (WAGL-540), 19 September 1947, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated (WLM-540), 1968
  • Decommissioned, 1 August 2002
  • Transferred to the Dominican Republic, renamed Capotillo (BA-2)
  • Current Disposition, active in service
    Displacement 600 t.
    Length 132' 10"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 8' 9" max.
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Range 2,830 mile range at 7.5 kts. (1948)
    Armament none
    Complement USCG - 1 Warrant Officer, 20 Enlisted (1948)
    As Built - Diesel, twin screws
    1974 - Diesel electric; 2 x direct-reversible 06 Union Diesel engines, 600 BHP
    twin propellers
    3 rudders (as launched)
    2 x Caterpillar D-353-E Diesel engines
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    USCGC White Sumac (WAGL-540 / WLM-540)
    YF-416 119k Port quarter stern view USCGC White Sumac (WAGL-540) underway near the US Naval Shipyard Charleston, S.C., 24 May 1948. Originally commissioned USS YF-416, the ship was acquired by the Coast Guard in 1948 and converted to a Coastal Buoy Tender. Note the paint scheme and the canopy over the stern turtle deck.
    Photo from the collections of the US Library of Congress, HAER LA-14-44.
    Mike Green
    YF-416 43k USCGC White Sumac (WLM-540) at anchor as Coast Guard and Navy divers assemble on the deck of the buoy tender to prepare to dive on the sunken cutter USCGC Blackthorn (WLB-391). Blackthorn sunk at the mouth of Tampa Bay, 28 January 1980.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    YF-416 136k overhead bow view of USCGC White Sumac (WLM-540) underway. The cutter is preparing to launch a work boat using her buoy crane.
    Library of Congress, Photo No. HAER-LA-14-48
    Mike Green
    HAER LA-14-4
    157k USCGC White Sumac (WLM-540) moored at U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Base, New Orleans, LA.
    Library of Congress, Photo No. HAER LA-14-4 and Library of Congress Photo No. HAER-LA-14-53 (CT)
    Mike Green
    HAER LA-14-53 (CT)

    There is no DANFS history for YF-416 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - White Sumac, 1947 WAGL / WLM-540; YF-416

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