USCGC MESQUITE (WLB 305) - Charlevoix, Michigan, U.S.A.       Call sign -     IMO number -
Owner - United States Coast Guard

Location - Secured alongside the City docks in Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.     Photograph Date - 1987
Photographer - Jim Hoffman     Added to archive - 7 Mar 2003     Last updated - 7 Mar 2003

SHIP'S HISTORY

  Ordered -
  Keel laid - 14 November 1942
  Launched -
  Delivered - August 1943

  (a) Mesquite - U.S.A.

  She has been on the bottom of Lake Superior off Keystone Bay since 1990

PARTICULARS

  Ship type - "Balsam" class bouy Tender
  Displacement tonnage - 935 (standard)
  Displacement tonnage - 1,025 (full load)
  L.O.A. - 54.91 meters (180'0")
  L.B.P. -
  Width overall - 11.29 meters (37'0")
  Width moulded -
  Draught - 3.97 meters (13'0")
  Depth -
  Bou handling derrick - 1 (20 tonne)
  Compliment - 53 (6 officers)

CONSTRUCTION

  Yard name - Marine Iron & Shipbuilding Company
  Country - Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A.
  Hull number -
  Engine builder - Cooper & Bessemer diesels
  Number of engines - 2
  Engine type - General Motors GM-18 diesels
  Horsepower - 1,200 bhp
  Speed - 13 knots
  Bow thuster - 1 bow thruster
  Pennant # - WLB 305

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Former owners, accidents, conversions, cargoes, voyages, sightings or corrections etc - Viewer contributions

* August 1943 she was commisioned at Duluth, Minnesota on Lake Superior
* Shortly thereafter she departed the Great Lakes through the St. Lawrence Seaway and headed for the Pacific Ocean. There she spent the remainder of World War II serving the U.S. Coast Guard
* 1947 she returned to the Great Lakes and took up her new station at Charlevoix, Michigan
* 1975 Mesquite was extensively updated at the U.S. Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland. New heating and air conditioning systems were installed, her main engine was rebuilt and new generators were installed. In addition the accomodations and galley were fully renovated
* Mesquite's primary role was to maintain over 85 aids to navigation in Lake Superior and Lake Michigan
* 4 December 1989 she grounded off Keweenaw Point on the southern shore of Lake Superior shortly after retreiving a bouy in 2 to 4 foot waves. She attempted to refloat herself however the attempts were unsuccessful
* April 1990 she was salvaged and later sunk as part of the Keweenaw Underwater Preserve

Information sources - Janes Warships, Know Your Ships & American Bureau of Shipping
Additional information - www.uscgcmesquite.com

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