Tallapoosa-class cutter

USCGC Tallapoosa (WPG-52), 1920
Class overview
Builders: Newport News Shipbuilding
Operators: United States Coast Guard
In service: - 1946
In commission: 1915 - 1946
Completed: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Displacement: 912-964 tons
Length: 165 ft 10 in
Beam: 32 ft
Draft: 11 ft 9 in
Propulsion: Variable
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 9 officers, 63-65 enlisted
Armament: 4 x 6-pounders (1915); 2 x 6-pdrs; 2 x 3" 50-cal (single-mounts) (as of 1930); 2 x 3"/50 (single-mounts); 1 x 3"/23; 2 x depth charge tracks (as of 1941); 2 x 3"/50 (single-mounts); 2 x 20mm/80 (single-mounts); 2 x Mousetraps; 4 x K-guns; 2 x depth charge tracks (as of 1945).

The Tallapoosa-class cutters, the Tallapoosa and Ossipee, were designed for long cruises. Their hulls were reinforced for light ice-breaking. During World War II, the Ossipee was actually classified as a river gunboat (WPR) while the Tallapoosa was classified as a patrol gunboat (WPG).


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  • Canney, Donald L. (1995): U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935. (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press).
  • Scheina, Robert L. (1982): U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft in World War II. (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press).
  • U.S. Coast Guard. Public Information Division. Historical Section (1949): The Coast Guard at War: Transports and Escorts (Vol. V). (Washington, DC: Public Information Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.

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