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USCGC White Sage (WLM-544)
USCGC White Sage (WAGL-544) (1947 - 1960)
USS YF-444 (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Papa - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

YF-257 Class Self-propelled Covered Lighter:
  • Laid down, 29 March 1943, under contract no. NXs156 at Erie Concrete & Steel Supply Co., Erie, PA.
  • Launched, 19 June 1943
  • Commissioned USS YF-444, 20 May 1944, assigned to the 3rd Naval District, NAD Earle, N.J.
  • Placed out of service and acquired by the US Coast Guard in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Commissioned, as the Coastal Buoy Tender USCGC White Sage (WAGL-544), 9 August 1947
  • Redesignated (WLM-544), mid-1960s
  • Decommissioned, 7 June 1996
  • Donated to the Canvasback Missions, Inc. in 1999
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USS YF-444
    YF-444 79k YF-444 at Erie Concrete & Steel Supply Co., Erie, PA., soon after launching on 19 June 1943.
    Photo from Bowling Green University, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USCGC White Sage (WAGL-544 / WLM-544)
    YF-444 137k Overhead view of USCGC White Sage (WAGL-544) underway on Vineyard Sound off Rhode Island, 9 August 1948. Visible in this photo is the original crane and hoisting mechanism. Also visible are two additional piles (spuds) that are dropped to the bottom and used to steady the vessel. Originally commissioned during WWII, as USS YF-444, the vessel was acquired by the Coast Guard in 1946.
    Photo from the collections of the US Library of Congress, HAER RI,1-BRIST.V,136
    Mike Green
    YF-444 44k USCGC White Sage (WAGL-544) at the Coast Guard yard, Curtis Bay, Baltimore, MD. after installation of a new A-frame mast and boom hoisting system.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    YF-444 39k USCGC White Sage (WAGL-544) lifting a 40-foot boat from the bottom at Wood's Hold Oceanographic Center, MA., date unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    YF-444 95k USCGC White Sage (WLM-544) under way in June 1969 off the U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Base at Bristol, R.I.
    Library of Congress, Photo No. HAER RI, 1-BRIST.V, 133
    Mike Green
    YF-444 88k USCGC White Sage (WLM-544) moored, circa 1999, location unknown.
    Photo from the collections of the US Library of Congress, HAER RI,1-BRIST.V,1--3
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history for YF-444 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 Sage, 1947 WLM / WAGL-544; YF-444

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