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USCGC Tallapoosa (WPG 52)

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - Charlie - Victor

ex-USCGC Tallapoosa (CG 27)

Call sign (Early 1919):
George - Vice - Dog - Pup

Call sign (Late 1919):
Nan - Rush - Vice

Tallapoosa served both the U. S. Coast Guard and Navy.

Tallapoosa Class Revenue Cutter:

  • The second Tallapoosa was built in 1915 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 1 May 1915
  • Commissioned USCGC Tallapoosa (CG 27) 12 August 1915
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Reclassified WPG-52
  • Decommissioned 8 November 1945 at Curtis Bay, MD
  • Sold 22 July 1946 to the Caribbean Fruit and Steamship Co., Inc.
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 912 t.
  • Length 165' 10"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 11' 9"
    1919 - 20' 9"
  • Speed 12.7 kts.
  • Complement 78
    1919 - 61
  • Armament: One 4"/50 mount, two 6-pounders, two machine guns and one "Y" gun depth charge projector
    1930 - Two 6-pounders, two 3"/50 mounts
    1941 - Two 3"/50 mounts, one 3"/23 mount, two depth charge tracks
    1945 - Two 3"/50 mounts, two 20mm mounts, two Mousetrap depth charge projectors, four K-gun depth charge projectors and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one 1,130shp verticle triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Tallapoosa 84k c. 1920 U.S. Coast Guard
    Tallapoosa 80k Photo from the 1924 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 109k Original Photo: c. 1935
    Replacement photo: c. June 1935
    Latuya Bay, AK
    Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina
    Original photo: U.S. Coast Guard
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Tallapoosa 119k Original photo: c. 1944
    Overhead view
    Replacement photo: 7 April 1944
    This photo affords an excellent view of her armament. She mounts two single 3"/50s fore and aft, two single 20mm guns elevated forward of the aft 3"/50, two Mousetrap ASW rocket launchers on the forecastle, four K-guns on the poop deck, and two long depth-charge tracks on the stern
    Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina
    Original photo: U.S. Coast Guard
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    011stLT William Williams, USCG1918
    02CAPT(T) James F. Hattel, USCG1918 - 1919
    03LT Marcy B. Darnall, USNRF1919
    04CAPT James L. Ahern, USCG1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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