USCGC Itasca (1929)

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USCGC Itasca (1929).
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Name: USCGC Itasca
Namesake: Lake Itasca
Builder: General Engineering & Dry Dock Company, Alameda, California
Launched: 16 November 1929
Commissioned: 12 July 1930
Decommissioned: 30 May 1941
Fate: transferred to Royal Navy under Lend-Lease
Ship returned: 23 April 1946
Struck: 28 September 1950
Fate: sold for scrap, 4 October 1950
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Gorleston
Namesake: Gorleston
Commissioned: 30 May 1941
Decommissioned: 23 April 1946
Fate: returned to U.S. Coast Guard
General characteristics
Class and type: Banff class sloop
Displacement: 2,075 long tons (2,108 t)
Length: 250 ft (76 m)
Propulsion: 1 × General Electric turbine-driven 3,350 shp (2,500 kW) electric motor, 2 boilers
Speed: 14.8 kn (27.4 km/h; 17.0 mph) cruising
17.5 kn (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph) maximum
Complement: 97 (in 1940)

as Gorleston

The USCGC Itasca was a 250 ft (76 m) Lakes class cutter of the United States Coast Guard launched on 16 November 1929 and commissioned 12 July 1930. The ship was decommissioned in 1941 on lend lease to the United Kingdom where she received a name change, becoming HMS Gorleston (pennant Y92) and was returned to the United States in 1946. The ship was finally sold for scrap in 1950.[1]

Itasca is most famous as the "picket ship" that would provide air navigation and radio links for Amelia Earhart when she made her 1937 flight around the world. Itasca attempted to keep in radio contact with her, however, they couldn't manage to keep contact as Earhart's radio equipment had limited range.

See also


  • Long, Elgen M. and Marie K. Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0-684-86005-8.
  • Lovell, Mary S. The Sound of Wings. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989. ISBN 0-312-03431-8.
  • Pellegrino, Anne Holtgren. World Flight: The Amelia Trail. Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State University Press, 1971. ISBN 0-8138-1760-9.
  • The Radio Amateur's Handbook. West Hartford, Connecticut: American Radio Relay League, 1945. No ISBN.
  • Safford, Laurance F. with Warren, Cameron A. and Payne, Robert R. Earhart's Flight into Yesterday: The Facts Without the Fiction, McLean, Virginia: Paladwr Press, 2003. ISBN 1-88896-220-8.

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