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USCGC Staten Island
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Five were initially contracted by the USCG in November 1941, two more were built for the USN and an eighth, in Canada for the RCN. They started their careers in a variety of ways, but all ended up serving with the USCG by the mid-1960's.
|Launched||Initial USCG Service||To USSR||USN Service||Later USCG Service|
|STATEN ISLAND||Dec 1942||USCG (WAG-278)||Until 1951||USN, named Northwind (AGB-5), renamed USS Staten Island to avoid confusion with USCGC Northwind, until 1965||USCG Staten Island (WAGB-278)|
|EASTWIND||Feb 1943||USCG (WAG-279)||USCG (WAGB-279)|
|SOUTHWIND||Mar 1943||USCG (WAG-280)||Until 1950||USN, renamed Atka (AGB-3) until 1966||USCG as Atka, renamed Southwind (WAGB-280)|
|WESTWIND||Mar 1943||USCG (WAG-281) until 1944||Until 1952||USCG (WAGB-281)|
|NORTHWIND||Feb 1945||USCG (WAG-282)||USCG (WAGB-282)|
|BURTON ISLAND||Apr 1946||USN (AGB-88, AGB-1) until 1966||USCG (WAGB-283)|
|EDISTO||May 1946||USN (AGB-89, AGB-2) until 1965||USCG (WAGB-284)|
|Note: The "missing" AGB-4 was the later Glacier-class USS Glacier|
Some of these cutters, designated WAGB, were humorously nicknamed the "White Arctic Garbage Barge"
Most if not all served in the Antarctic with the Operation Deep Freeze series in the 1950's and 1960's.
Click here for a graphic account of Deep Freeze I in 1955-56, featuring works by artists Standish Backus and Robert Haun.