Brisk, USS; PG-89
Adjective meaning stimulating and invigorating.
Builder: Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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
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.