Shadbush, 1944

Oct. 30, 2020

Shadbush, 1944

WAGL 287

Any of various North American shrubs or trees of the genus Amelanchier, having white flowers, edible blue-black or purplish fruit, and smooth, gray, striped twigs. Also called Juneberry, shadblow.

Builder: Peterson & Haecker, Limited, Blair, Nebraska

Length: 73' 6"

Beam: 18' 10"

Draft: 3' 6"

Displacement: 80 tons

Cost: $185,450

Launched: 15 May 1944

Commissioned: 28 July 1944

Decommissioned: 24 February 1976

Disposition: Sold

Machinery:  2 Buda diesel engines; 150 BHP; twin propellers

Performance & Endurance:

        Max: 9.6 knots
        Cruising: 6.4 knots; 3,300 mile range

Complement: 8

Deck Gear: 1.5 ton capacity boom; electric hoist

Armament: None (small arms?)

Electronics: None (1944)


Shadbush was one of two 73-foot inland buoy tenders built by Peterson & Haecker, Limited, of Blair, Nebraska, the other being Clematis.  They were designed by the Coast Guard with detail drawings by A. M. Deering of Chicago.  In the mid-1960s, they had their pilothouses raised four feet off the buoy deck and the space left underneath was then used for storage.

Shadbush was initially stationed at Mobile, Alabama, and was used for servicing aids to navigation, as well as being called upon for search and rescue and law enforcement operations when needed.  She transferred to New Orleans, Lousiana on 28 April 1967.  From 7 to 8 December 1968 she searched for survivors of the CGC White Alder that had sunk after a collision.

She transferred to Galveston, Texas in late 1975 where she remained based until she was decommissioned the following year on 24 February 1976.


Cutter History File.  USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.

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

Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946 - 1990. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.