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USCGC Birch (WAGL 256)

Call sign:
November - Romeo - Yankee - Xray

Light House Tender:

  • The second Birch was built in 1939 by General Ship & Engine Works, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Commissioned USCGC Birch in 1939
  • Designated as a Coastal Buoy Tender WAGL-256 in November 1941
  • Decommissioned 24 February 1963
  • Sold 30 July 1964
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 137 t.
  • Length 72' 4"
  • Beam 18'
  • Draft 3' 8"
  • Complement: Nine
  • Speed 9 kts.
  • Propulsion: Two 330shp Winton diesel engine, two shafts.
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    Birch 91k U.S. Coast Guard photo from U.S. Lighthouse Society website John Spivey

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