Winnisimmet, 1903

July 31, 2020

Winnisimmet, 1903

WYT 84

A word from the Massachusett's Native American tribe meaning "good spring nearby."

Builder: Spedden Company, Baltimore, Maryland

Length: 96' 6"

Beam: 20' 6"

Draft: 9'

Displacement: 182 tons

Cost: $50,000

Commissioned: 30 July 1903

Decommissioned: October, 1945

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Reciprocating steam engine; 1 Babcock & Wilcox watertube boiler; 500 SHP; single propeller

Performance & Endurance:

        Max: 12.0 knots
        Cruising: 10.0 knots; 680 mile range (1945)

Complement: 11 (1945)

Armament: None

Electronics: None

Cutter History:

Winnisimmet was a 182-ton, 96' 6"-foot harbor tug, one of two Winnisimmet-class tugs built by the Spedden Company in Baltimore, Maryland, the other being the WissahickonWinnisimmet was launched on 11 October 1902 and was completed on 30 July 1903.  She was placed under the command of Captain George H. Gooding, USRCS, and was ordered to Boston, Massachusetts.

She was transferred to the Navy on 6 April 1917 and was returned to Treasury Department control on 28 August 1919.  She was then assigned to Baltimore, Maryland, where she served until 1932 when she was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia.  She remained in service there for the rest of her service career, including World War II.  She was decommissioned in October, 1945 and was sold on 22 July 1946.


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Robert Scheina.  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.

U.S. Coast Guard.  Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard: 1790 - December 31, 1933.  Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934; 1989 (reprint).