EM Northumberland, 1943

Dec. 30, 2020

EM Northumberland, WYP-361 (ex-Northumberland

Builder: Pocomoke City, Maryland

Commissioned: 1897 (commercial), 8 March 1943 Coast Guard

Decommissioned: 1 March 1944 and returned to owner 20 March 1944

Length: 134' 2"

Navigation Draft: 9' 3"

Beam: 20' 2"

Displacement: 167 gross tons

Propulsion: diesel, single screw

Shaft Power: 450 BHP

Maximum Speed: 9.5 knots

Economical Speed: NA

Fuel Capacity: NA

Water Capacity: NA

Endurance: NA

Complement: 9 men (commercial)

Armament: 1 6-pdr. 2 20mm/80; 2 short dc tracks

Vessel History:

The EM Northumberland was a former Menhaden fishing vessel.  The EM in front of the name stood for Emergency Manning.  Coast Guard records usually kept the EM before the name of the vessel. The Coast Guard chartered this vessel for patrol work.  The charter cost the Government $850 a month and conversion costs were $135,360.

The EM Northumberland served in the CARIBSEAFRON during the war and was stationed at San Juan, Puerto Rico.