POINT HURON, 1967
Builder: J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, WA
Commissioned: 17 February 1967
Decommissioned: 12 April 1999
Disposition: Transferred to Panama
Length: 82’10” oa, 78’ bp
Navigation Draft: 5’11” max (1960)
Beam: 17’7” max
Displacement: 69 fl; 60 light (1960)
Main Engines: 2 Cummins diesel (see class history)
Performance, Maximum Sustained: 18.0 kts, 542-mi radius (1,600 hp, 1963)
Performance, Economic: 9.4 kts, 1,500-mi radius (1,600 hp, 1963)
Maximum Speed: 22.9 kts (1963)
Fuel Capacity: 1,840 gal
Complement: 8 men (1960), 2 officers, 8 men (1965)
Radar: SPN-11, CR-103 (1960), or SPS-64
Armament: 1 x 20mm (1960), 5 x .50 cal mg, 1 x 81 mm mortar (Vietnam service)
Class history—The 82-foot patrol boats have mild steel hulls and aluminum superstructures. Longitudinally framed construction was used to save weight.
These boats were completed with a variety of power plants. 82301 through 82313, 82315 through 82317, and 82319 through 82331 were powered by two Cummins 600-hp diesels. Boats 82318 and 82332 through 82379 received two Cummins 800-hp diesels. The 82314 was fitted with two 1,000-hp gas turbines and controllable-pitch propellers. The purpose of this installation was to permit the service to evaluate the propulsion equipment. All units were eventually fitted with the 800-hp diesels. Units remaining in 1990 were re-equipped with Caterpillar diesels.
WPB 82301 through 82344 were commissioned without names; at that time the Coast Guard did not name patrol craft shorter than 100 feet. In January 1964 they were assigned names.
The Point Huron was stationed at Norfolk, VA. She was used for law enforcement and search and rescue operations. On 4 December 1967, she assisted after the barge Mohawk hit the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. On 15 June 1969, she refloated the grounded pleasure craft Miss Cindy in Great Machipongo Inlet. On 9 August 1969, she medevaed a crewman from M/V Ciudad de Barquisimet 185 miles east of Cape Henry. On 3 February 1970, she medevaced a crewman from the Polish F/V Kanaryjka to Norfolk. On 5 July 1970, she medevaced crewmen from M/V Clelia Campanella 2 miles off Cape Henry. On 8 July 1970, she towed the yacht Enterprise to Hampton Roads. On 26 July 1970, she medevaced a crewman from M/V Gulf Knight off Cape Henry. On 11 April 1987, she escorted F/V John Wills, which had caught a torpedo in its nets, to a disposal era.
Cutter History File. USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.
"The 82-Foot Class Patrol Boat." U.S. Coast Guard Engineer's Digest No. 133 (Mar-Apr 1962), pp. 2-5.
Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft, 1946-1990. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990