(Inuit language for Caribou Calf)
(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-171; built by Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, ME, as a commercial wooden-hulled fishing trawler, named St. George, 1940; commissioned by the Coast Guard 7 July 1942 at a cost of $75,000 to convert hull, renamed Nogak; 300 tons displacement full load, 111ft long x 23ft6in beam x 11ft8in draft; main engines- 1 Fairbanks Morse, 5-cylinder diesel; propellers- single; BHP- 500; armament 1-6-pdr.; 2-20mm/80; 2 short track depth charge racks; 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 24 July 1944, and returned to War Shipping Administration.

Note: Author Sloan Wilson joined the Coast Guard in 1942, first reporting aboard the USCGC Tampa on the Greenland Patrol. He was then given command of the trawler USCGC Nogak. His novel Ice Brothers is based on his experiences with the Nogak.

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


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