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USCGC Wissahickon (CG 12)

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

Call sign (Late 1919):
Nan - Yoke - Fox - Xray

Call sign (1933):
Negative - Roger - King - Mike

ex-USRC Wissahickon

Wissahickon served the Revenue Cutter Service and the U. S. Navy

Winnisimmet Class Revenue Cutter:

  • Built in 1904 by the Spedden Co., Baltimore, MD
  • Launched 11 June 1904
  • Commissioned USRC Wissahickon 3 December 1904
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Decommissioned 8 May 1935 at New York, sold to the Curtis Bay Company of Baltimore, MD and renamed Atlas
  • Acquired in 1968 by Forster Towing Co.
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 182 t.
    1919 - 194 t.
  • Length 96' 6"
  • Beam 20' 6"
  • Draft 9'
    1933 - 9' 5"
    1919 - 10' 3"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 11
    1919 - 10
  • Propulsion: One Babcock and Wilcox watertube boiler, one 500shp reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Wissahickon 39k Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst

    Revenue Cutter History:

    The name, Wissahickon, comes from the Lenni Lenape tribe of the Native Americans living in the Delaware Valley in pre-colonial times. Their use of the words "Wisaucksickan" ("yellow-colored creek") and "Wisamickan" ("catfish creek") evolved into the contemporary word Wissahickon. Also a small stream in southeastern Pennsylvania which rises in Montgomery County near Lansdale and flows south some 40 miles to empty into the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia

    Wissahickon was a 182-ton, 96' 6"-foot harbor tug, one of two Winnisimmet-class tugs built by the Spedden Company in Baltimore, Maryland, the other being Winnisimmet. Wissahickon was launched on 11 June 1904 and was commissioned on 3 December 1904. She was first assigned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before being transferred to Baltimore in 1916. She was transferred to Navy control on 6 April 1917 and was returned to Treasury Department control on 28 August 1919. On 1 January 1923 she was transferred to New York harbor, where she remained in service until she was decommissioned on
    8 May 1935.

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