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White Bush (IX-542)
USCGC White Bush (WLM-542) (1960 - 1985)
USCGC White Bush (WAGL-542) (1947 - 1960)
YF-339 (1944 - 1947)

YF-339 loaned to the US Coast Guard named USCGC White Bush
YF-257 Class Covered Lighter (Self-propelled)
  • Laid down, date unknown, as YF-339 at Basalt Rock Company, Napa, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in service as YF-339 in May 1944
  • Placed out of service and transferred to the US Coast Guard, 11 August 1947
  • Commissioned as the US Coast Guard Coastal Buoy Tender USCGC White Bush (WAGL-542), 1 November 1947
  • Redisgnated (WLM-542) in the 1960s
  • Decommissioned, 16 September 1985 and returned to US Naval custody
  • Designated Miscellaneous Unclassified White Bush (IX-542)
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, disposed of as a target, 17 June 2004
    Displacement 600 t.
    Length 132' 10"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 8' 9" (max.)
    Speed 10.5 kts. (max.)
    Complement Coast Guard - 1 Warrant Officer, 20 Enlisted (1948)
    Armament none
    As Built - two diesel electric direct-reversible 06 Union diesels; 600 BHP
    Modified in 1974 - two Caterpillar D-353-E diesel engines
    twin propellers
    three rudders (as built)
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    White Bush 32k YF-339 underway in San Pablo Bay, 16 May 1944.
    US National Archives Photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    White Bush 17k YF-339 underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    USCGC White Bush (WLM-542)
    White Bush 84k USCGC White Bush (WLM-542) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Douglas Brown

    There is no DANFS history for IX-542 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - White Bush, 1947 WAGL / WLM-542; YF-339
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