Messenger, 1946

Feb. 20, 2021

Messenger, 1946


Builder: Equitable Equipment, Company New Orleans

Length: 86'

Beam: 23'

Draft: 9' 6"

Displacement: 230 tons

Cost: $300,000 (Army construction cost)

Commissioned: 1944 (US Army); 5 September 1945 (USCG) 



Machinery: 1 700 HP Enterprise diesel engine

Performance & Endurance:

        Max: 9.5 knots

Complement: 10

Armament: None

Electronics: Radar


The Messenger was a 230-ton former U.S. Army tug (ST-710) that was built in 1944.  She was acquired by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port at Baltimore, Maryland, on 5 September 1945.  She was transferred to the Coast Guard Yard on 26 September 1946 where she was used as a support vessel.  Her duties included drydocking, undocking and escorting cutters to and from the Yard and fire-fighting along the waterfront when needed.


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

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.  Washington, DC: USGPO.

Robert Scheina.  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.

Robert Scheina.  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946-1990.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.