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USCGC Ivy (WLB 329)
ex-USCGC Ivy (WAGL 329)
ex-USS Barbican (ACM 5)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Tare - George

ex-USAMP Colonel George Armistead (MP 3)

Barricade served the US Army, Navy and Coast Guard

Chimo Class Auxiliary Minelayer:

  • Laid down in 1941 for the U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, Mine Planter Service as USAMP Colonel George Armistead (MP 3) by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, WV
  • Launched in 1942
  • Transferred to the Navy 6 January 1945 and converted to an Auxiliary Minelayer at Charleston Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Barbican (ACM 5), 24 March 1945
  • Decommissioned 12 June 1946 and transferred to the Coast Guard
  • Commissioned USCGC Ivy (WAGL 329), 21 April 1947
  • Reclassified WLB-329 in 1965
  • Decommissioned 26 November 1969, sold to Foss Launch and Tug of Tacoma, Washington and renamed Agnes Foss
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,300 t.
  • Length 188' 2"
  • Beam 37'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 12.5 kts.
  • Complement 69
  • Armament: One 40mm gun mount, and four 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Combustion Engineering header type boilers, two 1,200shp Skinner Unaflow reciprocating engines, two shafts.
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    Colonel George Armistead
    George Armistead 38k

    George Armistead was born in New Market, Virginia, 10 April 1780. On 18 May 1813, while serving as an artillery officer at Fort Niagara, New York, he took an active part in the American attack on Fort George across the Niagara River in upper Canada and was accorded the honor of delivering the captured British flags to President James Madison. On his taking command of Fort McHenry in June 1813, Armistead ordered a flag made "so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance." He earned his enduring place in American history under that flag at Fort McHenry whose stalwart defense of Baltimore against British attack in 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Armistead remained in command of the fort until his untimely death at age 38 on 25 April 1818. He is buried in Old St. Paul's Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.
    Painting of Col. George Armistead by Rembrandt Peale, 1817. Maryland Historical Society, accession number CA684

    Dave Wright
    USCGC Ivy (WLB 329)
    Ivy 61k Original photo: U.S. Coast Guard
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Ivy 82k Postcard dated 7 June 1962, Astoria, OR Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 17 September 2021

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Alexander Anderson, Jr., USN24 March 1945 - 20 October 1945
    02LT Norman Robert Burnett, USN20 October 1945 - 12 June 1946
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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