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USCGC Calypso (WPC-104)
USS Calypso (AG-35) (1941 - 1942)
USCGC Calypso (WPC-104) (1932 - 1941)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Golf - Charlie

USS Calypso (AG-35) was acquired from the US Coast Guard and returned during World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

165 foot WPC Coast Guard Cutter
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME.
  • Launched, 1 January 1932
  • Commissioned USCG Calypso (WPC-104), 16 January 1932
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy, 17 May 1941, for use as a presidential yacht escort
  • Converted to a Potomac Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary
  • Commissioned USS Calypso (AG-35), 17 May 1941, CHBOSN John H. Kevers USN in command
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 20 January 1942
  • Recommissioned by the Coast Guard, 20 January 1942
  • Decommissioned, 18 July 1947
  • Sold, 2 November 1955, to Birchfield Boiler, Inc., Tacoma, Washington for $15,564
  • Acquired, 2 November 1955, by Circle Line, (New York), converted into a harbor tour boat and renamed M/V Circle Line XI
    1933 - 337 tons full load
    1945 - 350 tons full load
    Length 165'
    Beam 25' 3"
    Draft 13' 2" (mean)
    Speed 16 kts
    USCG 1933 - 5 Officers, 39 Enlisted
    USN 1941 - 2 Officers, 54 Enlisted
    USCG 1945 - 7 Officers, 68 Enlisted
    1933 - one 3"/23, one 1-pounder
    1941 - one 3"/23, one Y-gun, two depth charge tracks
    1945: two single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two single 20mm/80, two depth charge tracks, two Y-guns, tow Mousetraps
    Cruising - 11.0 knots for 3,000 statute miles
    Economic - 6.0 knots for 6,417 statute miles
    Propulsion two Winton Model 158 6 cylinder diesels, BHP - 1340 shp, twin 3 blade propellers
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    USCGC Calypso (WPC-104)
    Calypso 21k USCGC Calypso probably after launching, 6 January 1932, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. Circle Lines web site
    USS Calypso (AG-35)
    Iuka 322k USS Iuka (AT-37) undergoing an availability in Berth 5, Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 15 November 1941. Moored outboard are the Presidential Yacht USS Potomac (AG-25) and USS Calypso (AG-35) the escort for Potomac Two covered lighters are visible in the background; upper right background, barely visible, is a British aircraft carrier, probably HMS Illustrious (87).
    US National Archives, Photo # 19-N-26088, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Commercial Service
    Calypso 332k Ex-USS Calypso (AG-35) in commercial service as the Circle Line New York harbor tour boat, M/V Circle Line XI under way, 22 September 2008.
    Photo courtesy of lemoncat1 (real name unknown).
    Robert Hurst

    USS Calypso (AG-35)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CHBOSN. Kevers, John Herbert USN17 May 1941 - 20 January 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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 - Calypso, 1932 WPC-104

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