Atak, 1942 (WYP-163); ex-Winchester

April 22, 2020

Atak, 1942 (WYP-163); ex-Winchester

Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

Length: 128'

Beam: 23' 5"

Draft: 11' 8"

Displacement: 443 tons (fl)

Cost: $7,875 (acquisition); $75,000 (conversion)

Launched: 1937 (commercial); 14 June 1942 (USCG)

Decommissioned: 15 July 1944; Transferred to the War Shipping Administration on 1 August 1944

Machinery: 1 Fairbanks Morse 5-cylinder diesel; 550 BHP; single propeller

Performance: 10.5 knots (maximum); 5,000 nm range @ 9.5 knots

Complement: 17 (commercial)

Electronics: None

Armament: 1 x 6-pounder; 2 x 20mm/80 single mount; 2 x depth charge tracks

Design & Service:

The Atak was one of the many former-trawlers taken into service in 1942 by the Coast Guard for service on the Greenland Patrol. She was the former trawler Winchester. She was stationed out of Boston during her time with the Coast Guard.

She was turned over to the War Shipping Administration on 1 August 1944.


Ship’s History File, CG Historian’s Office Archive.

Robert Scheina. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1983.