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USCGC Beech (WAGL 205)

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - William - King


Hawthorn served both the U.S. Light House Service and Coast Guard

Coast Guard Cutter:

  • Built in 1927 by Southern Shipyard Corp., Newport News, VA
  • Commissioned USLHT Beech in January 1928
  • Reclassified USCGC Beech (WAGL 205) in 1938
  • Decommission 23 January 1963
  • Sold 28 August 1964 to the Great Lakes Survey Corp. of Milwaukee, WI and renamed Telson Lady
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 255 t.
  • Length 101' 3"
  • Beam 23'
  • Draft 7' 3"
  • Complement 13
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Propulsion: One coal-fired water-tube Almy boiler, one 200hp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft
    Replaced in 1940 with one 300hp Cooper-Bessemer diesel engine.

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    Beech 216k

    Beech (Fagus) is a genus of deciduous trees in the family Fagaceae, native to temperate Europe, Asia and North America. Recent classifications recognize 10 to 13 species in two distinct subgenera, Engleriana and Fagus. The Engleriana subgenus is found only in East Asia, distinctive for their low branches, often made up of several major trunks with yellowish bark. The better known Fagus subgenus beeches are high-branching with tall, stout trunks and smooth silver-grey bark. The European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is the most commonly cultivated. Photo is of the North American beech (Fagus grandifolia), seen in autumn

    Tommy Trampp

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