EM Pelican, 1943

Dec. 30, 2020

EM Pelican, WYP-329 (ex-Pelican)

Builder: Portland Shipbuilding Co., South Portland, Maine

Commissioned: 1919 (commercial); 4 June 1943 Coast Guard

Decommissioned: 6 August 1943; transferred to the War Shipping Administration on 14 March 1946

Length: 150' 4"

Navigation Draft: 13' 3"

Beam: 25'

Displacement: 690 tons full load

Propulsion: steam, single screw

Shaft Power: 700

Maximum Speed: NA

Economical Speed: NA

Fuel Capacity: NA

Water Capacity: NA

Endurance: NA

Complement: 32 men (commercial)

Armament: Probably none

Vessel History:

The EM Pelican was a former Menhaden fisherman.  The former Menhaden boats were used along the Atlantic Coast.  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 costs $560 a month and the conversion cost was $135,360.

The EM Pelican was assigned to the EASTSEAFRON and stationed at Little Creek, Virginia.