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Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive
USCGC EM Messick (WYP 358)
ex-USS W. L. Messick (SP 322)
Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Quack - Tare
Civilian call sign (1926):
Love - Boy - Watch - Quack
W. L. Messick served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard
Trawler/Minesweeper:Built in 1911 by Smith and McCoy, Norfolk, VAAcquired by the Navy 7 April 1917 and commissioned USS W. L. Messick (SP 322) the same dayDecommissioned 27 August 1919 and sold to her previous ownerRegistered in 1926 to The Edwards Co. of Reedville, VA as the fishing vessel W. L. MessickAcquired by the Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC EM Messick (WYP 358), 24 June 1943 (The EM in front of the name stood for Emergency Manning)Assigned to the Caribbean Sea Frontier and stationed in San Juan, Puerto RicoDecommissioned 2 March 1944Returned to her owner 13 March 1944Fate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 237 t.1926 - 291 t.Length 145'1926 - 131' 8"Beam 23'1926 - 23' 5"Draft 9'1926 - 12' 5"Complement 331926 - 30Armament: One 6-pounder1943 - One 20mm mount and two Mousetrap depth charge projectorsPropulsion: One single ended boiler, one 2,200hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaftLater one 600bhp diesel engine.
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||Probably photographed at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, circa 1917. A six-pounder gun is mounted on her foredeck. Another converted "Menhaden Fisherman" patrol and minesweeping vessel is in the background
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 89760
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DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
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