USS Brisk, PG-89

Nov. 9, 2020

USS Brisk, PG-89

 Adjective meaning stimulating and invigorating.

Builder: Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Length: 208'

Beam:  33'

Draft: 14' 7"

Displacement: 925 tons

Commissioned: 6 December 1942

Decommissioned: 9 October 1945

Disposition: Transferred to the Maritime Commission


    Maximum: 17 knots
    Cruising: 12 knots

Range: 7,300 nautical miles at 12 knots

Complement: 87

Armament: 2 x 3"/50; 4 x 20mm; 3 x .30 caliber Browning machine guns; 2 depth charge tracks--20 depth charges per rack; 4 depth charge "K-gun" projectors; 1 x hedgehog added 1943(?)


Brisk (PG-89) was launched 15 June 1942 as the Canadian corvette Flam by Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  She was acquired by the US Navy under reverse Lend-Lease on 5 December 1942.  She was then commissioned as USS Brisk 6 December 1942 under the command of LT N. B. Denel, USNR.

The ship got underway from Quebec 8 January 1943 and upon arrival at Boston, underwent an overhaul and conducted training exercises until 8 March when she steamed to Staten Island, New York.  On 23 June 1943 LT Stacy Y. Hammond, USCG, assumed command.

During April 1943-June 1945 Brisk escorted coastwise convoys between New York and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  She arrived at Norfolk in June 1945 and commenced her pre-activation overhaul. She then sailed to Charleston, South Carolina, where she was placed out of commission in reserve 9 October 1945.  Brisk was transferred to the Maritime Commission 18 October 1946.


The Coast Guard at War: Transports and Escorts, V, Volume I (Washington, DC: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, March 1, 1949), p. 104.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

Cutter File, Historian's Office, Coast Guard Headquarters.