USS Calypso (AG-35)

The third USS Calypso (AG-35) was launched 6 January 1932 for the United States Coast Guard by the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine and transferred from the Coast Guard to the US Navy on 17 May 1941 and commissioned the same day, Chief Boatswain J. H. Keevers in command.

Calypso as Circle Line XI in 2008.
United States
Name: USS Calypso (AG-35)
Namesake: Calypso
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Launched: 6 January 1932
Acquired: 17 May 1941
Commissioned: 17 May 1941
Decommissioned: 20 January 1942
United States
Name: Circle Line XI
Owner: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Acquired: 1955
In service: 1958
Out of service: 2008
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Thetis-class patrol boat
Displacement: 357 tons
Length: 165'
Beam: 25'3"
Draft: 13'2"
Speed: 16 knots

Calypso was based at the Washington Navy Yard as a tender to her sister ship, the Presidential yacht Potomac. In this capacity, her operations were confined largely to the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay until 22 July 1941, when she put out for a cruise to Nova Scotia. During a portion of this cruise she had on board President Franklin D. Roosevelt, bound for the famous Atlantic Conference in Argentia Bay, Newfoundland, with Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain. Her other movements were to provide cover for the President's travels. Returning to Washington 23 August, Calypso was decommissioned 20 January 1942 and returned to the Coast Guard, who subsequently decommissioned her in 1947.

In 1955, Calypso was acquired by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises of Manhattan, New York and converted into a tour boat.[1] She was renamed Circle Line XI and provided river-based tours of New York City for over 50 years before being retired in 2008, replaced by a new vessel named Circle Line Manhattan. Despite discussions around donating the ship to a museum or returning her to the Coast Guard for training use,[2] her ultimate fate is unknown.


  1. "USCGC Calypso (WPC-104)". Navsource. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  2. "Circle Line's WWII Cutter May Take Its Final Manhattan Cruise". Going Coastal Magazine. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
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