(Inuit language for Porpoise)
(In time of war, the Coast Guard reports to the Secretary of the Navy and all USCG vessels are listed as USS.)

Type and Characteristics - WYP-172; built by Cochrane and Sons, Ltd., Selby, England, as a commercial steel-hulled fishing trawler, named Hekla, 1922; commissioned by the Coast Guard 22 August 1942 at a cost of $ 92,000 to convert hull, renamed Alatok; 775 tons displacement full load, 150ft long x 25ft beam x 13ft 5in draft; main engines- 1 triple-expansion steam; BHP- 500; propellers- single; economic speed 9 knots, 4,700 mile range; armament 1 x 3"/50 gun; 2 x 20 mm/80 guns; 2 short depth charge tracks; crew approx. 18 to 20.

Log Period and Areas of Service - 1942-44, Greenland patrol.

Summary of Service

22 August 1942 - Commissioned and assigned to CINCLANT stationed at Boston, MA.

Operated on the Greenland Patrol.

Fate - Decommissioned: 27 December 1943, returned to War Shipping Administration; returned to owner 13 Mar 1944.

Links: USCG Historian's site, Wikipedia: Greenland Patrol


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