Atlantic, 1941 (WIX-271)

April 22, 2020

Atlantic, 1941 (WIX-271)

Builder: Townsend & Downey S & R Company, Shooters Island, New York

Length: 185'

Beam: 29' 6"

Draft: 17' 6"

Displacement: 303 tons (gross)

Cost: Gift

Launched: 1903

Commissioned: 1 April 1941 (USCG)

Decommissioned: 27 October 1947

Disposition: Sold on 10 September 1948

Rig: Schooner

Machinery: 1 Seaburg triple expansion steam engine; 150 SHP; single propeller

Sail area: 11,058 square feet

Complement: ?

Electronics: None

Armament: None


The Atlantic was a steel-hulled, three-masted schooner that was originally launched in 1903. She gained international notoriety by crossing the Atlantic from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to The Lizard, England, in 12 days, 4 hours, and one minute. In 1905 she won the Kaiser's Cup. During World War I, she served as a mother ship for submarines.

She was acquired by the Coast Guard and commissioned on 1 April 1941. She was assigned to Headquarters but was stationed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut where she was used for cadet training.


Cutter History File, U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office.

Scheina, Robert L. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft in World War II. (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982).