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Call sign (1922):
George - Vice - Have - Tare

Call sign:
Negative - Roger - King - Xray

ex-USS Broadbill (SP 823)

Call sign (1919):
George - Boy - Cast - Love

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


  • The first Broadbill was built in 1916/1917 by the Fellows and Stewart, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy in June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Broadbill (SP 823), 27 June 1918
  • Decommissioned 24 June 1919 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Struck from the Navy list 7 August 1919
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 3 December 1919 at San Francisco, CA and commissioned USCGC Swift
  • Served at San Francisco until 1935
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 33 t.
  • Length 66'
  • Beam 13' 6"
  • Draft 3' 7"
    1922 - 3' 3½"
  • Speed 16 kts.
    1922 - 9.7 kts.
  • Complement: Seven
    1922 - Five
  • Armament: One 1-pounder and two machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 225hp 8-cylinder Sterling gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    USS Broadbill (SP 823)
    Broadbill 32k Namesake: Broadbill is any of certain ducks related to the canvasback and the redhead Tommy Trampp
    Broadbill 110k Broadbill hauled out of the water, possibly when completed at the Fellows & Stewart boatyard, Long Beach, California, circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99535
    Naval Historical Center
    USCGC Swift
    Broadbill 73k U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Swift at San Francisco, California, with Alcatraz Island in the background, circa the 1920s
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42449
    Naval Historical Center

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