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USCGC Cottonwood (WAGL 209)

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - Xray - Mike

ex-USLHT Cottonwood
ex-USED Le Claire

Cottonwood served both the U.S. Army, U.S. Light House Service and the U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Cutter:

  • Built in 1915 by Rippley Boat Company, Grafton, IL
  • Commissioned USED Le Claire in 1915 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 17 May 1938 and commissioned USLHT Cottonwood
  • Reclassified USCGC Cottonwood (WAGL 209) in 1939
  • Decommission 25 May 1946
  • Sold 1 May 1947 at Paris, TN
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 243 t.
  • Length 151'
  • Beam 34' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Complement 36
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Propulsion: One Foster-Wheeler Express boiler, two 320hp tandem compound steam engines, one stern paddle-wheel.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USED Le Claire
    Cottonwood/Le Claire 70k University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries
    Cottonwood 177k Photo from University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries John Spivey
    Photo added 13 March 2022
    USCGC Cottonwood (WAGL 209)
    Cottonwood 154k

    Populus fremontii, commonly known as Frémont's cottonwood, is a cottonwood (and thus a poplar) native to riparian zones of the Southwestern United States and northern through central Mexico. It is one of three species in Populus sect. Aigeiros. The tree was named after 19th century American explorer and pathfinder John C. Frémont

    Tommy Trampp
    Cottonwood 70k Photo from University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries John Spivey

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