(Inuit language for Polar Bear)
(In time of war, the Coast Guard reports to the Secretary of the Navy and all USCG vessels are listed as USS.)

Type and Characteristics - WYP-169; built by Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME, as a commercial steel-hulled fishing trawler, named North Star, 1941; commissioned by the Coast Guard 1 June 1942 at a cost of $75,000 to convert hull, renamed Nanok; 300 tons displacement full load, 120ft long x 23ft beam x 12ft draft; main engines- 1 Fairbanks Morse, 2 cycle diesel; propellers- single; BHP- 500; armament N/A; crew approx. 18 to 20.

Log Period and Areas of Service - 1942-44, Greenland patrol.

Summary of Service

31 July 1942 - Commissioned and assigned to CINCLANT stationed at Boston, MA.

Operated on the Greenland Patrol.

Fate - Decommissioned 9 May 1978, sold 17 August 1980 in California for scrap, broken up 1982.

Links: USCG Historian's site, Wikipedia: Greenland Patrol


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