EM Seabird, WYP-330 (ex-Sea Bird)
Builder: Portland Shipbuilding Co., South Portland, Maine
Commissioned: 1919 (commercial); 1 April 1943 Coast Guard
Decommissioned: 22 November 1943 and returned o owner 19 July 1944
Length: 163 ft
Navigation Draft: 13' 3"
Beam: 25 ft
Displacement: 690 tons full load
Propulsion: Steam, single screw
Shaft Power: 700 SHP
Maximum Speed: 7 knots
Economical Speed: NA
Fuel Capacity: NA
Water Capacity: NA
Endurance: 1,200 miles
The EM Seabird 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 cost the Government $850 a month and cost $135,360 to convert the vessel for war purposes.
The EM Seabird was assigned to the EASTSEAFRON and was stationed at Little Creek, Virginia.