USCGC Tahoe (1928)

USCGC Tahoe (1928) was a Lake-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard launched on 12 June 1928 and commissioned on 8 November 1928.[1] After 13 years of service with the Coast Guard, she was transferred to the Royal Navy as part of the Lend-Lease Act.

USCGC Tahoe; underway, pre-World War II.
United States
Name: USCGC Tahoe (1928)
Namesake: Lake Tahoe
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation
Laid down: 5 December 1927
Launched: 12 June 1928
Commissioned: 18 November 1928
Decommissioned: 30 April 1941
Fate: Transferred to Royal Navy, 30 April 1941
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Fishguard (Y59)
Commissioned: 30 April 1941
Fate: Returned to USCG, 27 March 1946
United States
Name: USCGC Tahoe
Fate: Sold, 24 October 1947
General characteristics
Class and type:
Displacement: 2,075 long tons (2,108 t)
Length: 250 ft (76 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draft: 12 ft 11 in (3.94 m)
Propulsion: 1 × General Electric turbine-driven 3,350 shp (2,500 kW) electric motor, 2 boilers
  • 14.8 kn (27.4 km/h; 17.0 mph) cruising
  • 17.5 kn (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph) maximum
Complement: 97


US Coast Guard - Tahoe

After commissioning in November 1928, the Tahoe was homeported in San Francisco and assigned to the Bering Sea Patrol.[2]

Royal Navy - Fishguard

As part of the Lend-Lease Act she was transferred to the Royal Navy where she was renamed HMS Fishguard (Y59) and commissioned on 12 May 1941.[3] In May 1944, the crew of Fishguard boarded U-852 and captured her crew after she was damaged by British aircraft. At the end of the war, in March 1946, Fishguard was returned to the USCG.[3]

US Coast Guard - Tahoe (post war)

Upon her return to the USCG, her recommissioning was cancelled and she was sold in October 1947.[2]

See also


  1. Helgason, Guðmundur. "USCGC Tahoe". Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  2. "Tahoe (1928)". USCG. US Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  3. Helgason, Guðmundur. "HMS Fishguard (Y 59)". Retrieved 24 July 2015.
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