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USCG 255 Owasco Class Cutters

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    October 2005
Posted by CG Bob on Saturday, August 7, 2021 8:28 PM

CGC PONCHARTRAIN (WPG 70) was on Ocean Station November in October 1956.  She rescued the passengers and crew of a PanAm Clipper that ditched.  Here's a video of the rescue.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMk8z3h2QC8

 

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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Saturday, August 7, 2021 8:28 AM

Hi;

      Just thought I would mention. It looks like she had main Armaments changed out for Single 5"38  guns in the Viet Years. the early photo on " wayback machine site Shows the same guns That Gearings and Sumners had which were Dual-Multi-Purpose 5"38Cal Mounts. The Singles seem to be the same as the ones found on Fletchers and early Secretary Class Cutters!

     To my sea weary eyes, she's a rather attractive ship for her oddity. Nice simple Sheer and Higher than a destroyer freeboard aft. 

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    November 2008
Posted by Commander V on Friday, August 6, 2021 11:25 PM

Eight 255's were built by Western Pipe & Steel and five by the CG Yard at Curtis Bay, MD.  Eighteen 311's were originally built for the USN as seaplane tenders and later transferred to the CG for Ocean Station duties.  

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Posted by Commander V on Friday, August 6, 2021 11:15 PM

Thanks for the link. Got a couple of pics I didn't have. 

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    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, August 5, 2021 11:48 PM

Roger that, my bad. Thanks.

Now 'circling back', so is there a destroyer / destroyer escort / etc. of that era, in the 327 - 316 foot length, with similar characteristics that could be converted to that class of cutter? Just thinking out loud.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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    April 2005
Posted by ddp59 on Thursday, August 5, 2021 4:31 PM

HooYah Deep Sea, was not the locks of the Saint Lawrence but the Welland Canal.

" The second is that their length was determined by the maximum length that could pass through the locks of the Welland Canal from the Great Lakes to the St. Lawrence River. The Great Lakes shipbuilding industry brought pressure on Congress to ensure that it had the potential to bid on the contract."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owasco-class_cutter

 

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    August 2005
  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:55 PM

There used to be some good info on the USCG Historians page.   It looks to have been removed.   However a piece on the Owasco-class was saved on the Wayback Machine

Wayback Machine (archive.org)

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    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, August 5, 2021 2:37 PM

So, if I'm reading this correctly, the design was originally to be 327 feet long and then shortened to 316, and accepted at 255', supposedly so it could fit through the locks in the St Lawrence Seaway. It looks quite similar to an early destroyer design, except shorter, so I think that that is where I'd start. But, as is commonly the case, I could be mistaken .  .  .!

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 5, 2021 1:54 PM

https://www.pinterest.com/paulkchristian/uscg-255-whec-owasco-class-cutter/

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USCG 255 Owasco Class Cutters
Posted by Commander V on Thursday, August 5, 2021 1:42 PM

I'm starting a scratch build of the 255 ft class CG cutter as built at the end of WW2.  Anyone have any photos or drawings that might help me? I have the line drawings from Loyalhanna Dockyard and all the photos I could find on the internet.  Anyone have any other sources?  Thanks.  Bill V. 

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