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USCGC EM Messick (WYP 358)
ex-USS W. L. Messick (SP 322)

Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Quack - Tare

Call sign (1926):
Love - Boy - Watch - Quack

Call sign (1948):
King - Love - Charlie - Dog

W. L. Messick served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard


  • Built in 1911 by Smith and McCoy, Norfolk, VA
  • Acquired by the Navy 7 April 1917 and commissioned USS W. L. Messick (SP 322) the same day
  • Decommissioned 27 August 1919 and sold to her previous owner
  • Registered in 1926 to The Edwards Co. of Reedville, VA as the fishing vessel W. L. Messick
  • Acquired 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 Rico
  • Decommissioned 2 March 1944
  • Returned to her owner 13 March 1944
  • Registered in 1948 to Menhaden Products Co. of White Stone, VA as the fishing boat W. L. Messick
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 237 t.
    1926 - 291 t.
    1948 - 326 t.
  • Length 145'
    1926 - 131' 8"
  • Beam 23'
    1926 - 23' 5"
  • Draft 9'
    1926 - 12' 5"
  • Complement 33
    1926 - 30
  • Armament: One 6-pounder
    1943 - One 20mm mount and two Mousetrap depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 2,200hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft
    Later one 600bhp diesel engine.

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    W. L. Messick 81k 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
    Robert Hurst

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