Deering, 1920

Dec. 22, 2020

Deering, 1920

The Deering was named for Fireman William Francis Deering, USCG, who was a crewman killed in action aboard Tampa during World War I.

Builder: Barret Shipbuilding Company, Mobile, Alabama

Length: 110'

Beam: 14' 9"

Draft: 5' 11"

Displacement: 75 tons

Commissioned: 4 February 1920 (USCG)

Decommissioned: 1922

Disposition: Sold

Machinery:  3 Standard 6-cylinder gasoline engines; triple propellers

Performance & Endurance:

        Max: 18 knots

Complement: 25

Armament: 1 x 1-pounder


The Deering was one of 22 wooden-hulled 110-foot submarine chasers, all built for service during World War I for the Navy, that were acquired by the Coast Guard under an emergency basis to add vessels to the fleet for the enforcement of Prohibition.  The majority of these 22 submarine chasers saw extremely short service with the Coast Guard due to the fact that they were uneconomical to maintain or operate.

The Deering, the former SC-333, was taken over from the Navy at New Orleans, Louisiana on 3 June 1920.  She was based out of Galveston, Texas, during her short Coast Guard career.  She was ordered transferred from Galveston to the Brazos River during the hurricane season.

She was placed out of service and sold for $1,055 on 2 October 1922.


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

Donald Canney.  U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

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).