ACUSHNET

Launched as a U.S. Navy salvage tug, the USS SHACKLE, the ship saw service at Okinawa during World War II. She was commissioned as a Coast Guard cutter in 1946 after the war. The medium endurance cutter ACUSHNET has been stationed in Portland, Maine; San Diego, California; Gulfport, Mississippi; Eureka, California; and finally since 1998 in Ketchikan, Alaska. The ship had diesel electric propulsion with 4 Fairbanks-Morse 6 cylinder opposed piston engines driving 4 generators and motors driving two shafts through reduction gears. At 213 feet in overall length and 40 feet in beam the ship displaced 1720 tons at full load. Her top speed was just under sixteen knots and she was manned by 12 officers and 66 enlisted personnel. She was the oldest Coast Guard cutter in operation, but was decommissioned in Ketchikan on March 11, 2011..

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