Kickapoo, 1921 (WAGL-56)

Feb. 3, 2021

Kickapoo, 1921

WAGL-56; ex-Baldridge

A Native American people formerly inhabiting southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, with small present-day populations in Kansas, Oklahoma, and northern Mexico.

Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Elizabethport, New Jersey

Commissioned: 1919 (commercial); 21 January 1922 (USCG)

Decommissioned: 24 August 1945

Disposition: Sold

Length: 157' 4"

Beam: 35'

Draft: 12'

Displacement: 840 tons

Propulsion: Triple-expansion steam engines; 2 Scotch-type boilers; 1,000 SHP; single propeller


     Max: 11.5 knots
     Economic: 7.8 knots; 3,170 mile range

Deck Gear: 

Complement: 38

Armament: 2 x 1-pounders

Electronics: SO-8 radar (1945)


Kickapoo was the tug Baldridge that was transferred from the Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corps on 31 October 1921 under Executive Order No. 3564.  Her name was changed from Baldridge to Kickapoo on 9 November 1921.  She was assigned to duty at Cape May, New Jersey.  On 2 January 1925 she reported that she had rescued the entire crew and all passengers, 227 in all, of the American steamer Mohawk at Brandywine Shoals, Delaware, and landed all of them safely at Lewes, Delaware.  The Mohawk was a total loss.

In 1926 Kickapoo was modified for light ice-breaking and her hull was widened by 8-1/2 feet.  She was transferred to Rockland, Maine, where she served as an ice-breaker.  She also saw service at Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.  During World War II she was classified as a buoy tender and given the hull number and designation WAGL-56.  She was assigned to Buzzards Bay where she continued to serve as an ice-breaker and also carried out general aids to navigation duties.  

She was decommissioned on 24 August 1945 and was sold on 7 July 1945.


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