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USCGC Forsyth (PF 102)
ex-USS Forsyth (PF 102)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Jig - Charlie


Forsyth served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

Tacoma Class Patrol Frigate:

  • (MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1). Originally authorized as Patrol Gunboat, PG-210
  • Reclassified as a Patrol Frigate, PF-102, 15 April 1943
  • Laid down 6 December 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract by the American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Launched 20 May 1944
  • Delivered and commissioned USS Forsyth (PF-102), 11 February 1945 at Curtis Bay, MD
  • Decommissioned 14 March 1946 while at sea and immediately recommissioned into the Coast Guard as USCGC Forsyth (PF 102)
  • Decommissioned 2 August 1946 at New Orleans, LA and returned to U.S. Navy custody
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Sold to The Netherlands in July 1947 and renamed Cumulus
  • Served as a Weather Ship until 1963
  • Scrapped in 1969.


  • Displacement 1,430 t.
  • Length 303' 11" (oa)
  • Beam 37' 6"
  • Draft 13' 8"
  • Speed 20.3 kts.
  • Complement 176
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts (For those frigates fitted out for weather patrol duty, the after 3-inch gun was removed and a weather balloon hanger was added aft), two twin 40mm mounts, nine 20mm mounts, one
    Hedgehog, eight depth charge projectors, and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500ihp Diamond Iron Works engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Forsyth (PF 102)
    Forsyth 74k Launching Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    USS Forsyth (PF 102)
    Forsyth 34k c. 1945
    Line drawing of Forsyth
    Joe Radigan
    SS Cumulus
    Forsyth 42k Cumulus Piet Y de Vries

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Edward M. Osborne, USCG11 February 1945 - 10 October 1945
    02LCDR Benjamin F. Langland, USCGR10 October 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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