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USC&GS Wild Cat

Call sign (1933):
William - Tare - Easy - Yoke

USS Wild Cat (SP 879)

Wild Cat served both the U. S. Navy and the Coast & Geodetic Survey

Freight Boat:

  • The third Wild Cat was built in 1915 by R. T. Potter, Milton, DE
  • Acquired by the Navy 5 July 1917
  • Commissioned 17 July 1917
  • Transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey 14 April 1919 at the Marine Basin, Brooklyn, NY and remained in service into 1941 all in Alaskan waters
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 36 t.
    1933 - 45 t.
  • Length 64'
    1933 - 65.6'
  • Beam 15' 6"
    1933 - 15.3'
  • Draft 6'
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Complement 10
    1933 - 12
  • Propulsion: One 80hp 3-cylinder Wolverine gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Wild Cat 80k

    Wild Cat - is a species complex comprising two small wild cat species, the European wildcat and the African wildcat. The European wildcat inhabits forests in Europe and the Caucasus, while the African wildcat inhabits semi-arid landscapes and steppes in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, into western India and western China

    Tommy Tramp
    Wild Cat 309k c. 1927
    Palisade Lagoon, Nuka Bay, AK
    At base of 550-foot cliff
    Courtesy of the family of Rear Admiral Paul A. Smith, C&GS
    NOAA Website
    Wild Cat 430k c. 1928
    Nuka Bay, AK
    Courtesy of the family of Rear Admiral Paul A. Smith, C&GS
    Wild Cat 354k c. 1928
    Nuka Bay area, Kenai Peninsula, AK
    Courtesy of the family of Rear Admiral Paul A. Smith, C&GS

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