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USCGC Kukui (WAGL 225)

Call sign (1942):
Nan - Roger - Xray - Love

ex-USLHT Kukui

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Love - Fox

Kukui served the Lighthouse Service, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard

Manzanita Class Lighthouse Tender:

  • Built in 1908 by the New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey
  • Launched 25 April 1908
  • Commissioned USLHT Kukui 1 August 1908
  • Transferred to the Navy 11 April 1917 and commissioned USS Kukui
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service 1 July 1919
  • Designated WAGL-225 in 1942On 28 May 1942
  • On 28 May 1942 she was badly burned from a pier fire and beached at Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Repaired and returned to service 16 October 1942
  • Decommissioned 1 February 1946
  • Sold 8 April 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,081 t.
  • Length 190'
  • Beam 30'
  • Draft 13' 3"
  • Complement 34
    1945 - 44
  • Speed 12 kts.
    1945 - 13.5 kts.
  • Armament: None
    1944 - Five 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two coal fired Scotch-type boilers, two 550hp triple expansion inverted direct-acting steam engines, two shafts
    1932 - Replaced with new water tubed oil fired boilers.

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    Kukui c. 1913
    Kaua'i, Territory of Hawaii
    Anchored off Kilauea Point Light Station
    Photo from the Edgecomb collection
    University of Hawai'i at Mănoa

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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