CGC Calumet


Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum
Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum

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Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum
Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum


Displacement 291 tons
Langth 110' 6"
Beam 24'
Draft 10' 11"
2 McIntosh Seymore 6 Cylinder Diesel driving 2 GE Generators
Electric GE 800 hp Main motor
Speed, 11 knots
Range, 1200 miles at 10 knots
Crew compliment 1 Warrent, 19 men


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Keel Laid





Charleston Navy Yard, SC

28 Sept 34

3 Dec 34

Decomm 29 Sept 67. 
Sold 25  Nov 68


A little history, supplied by John Baccus who served on her at her decommissioning.

I served on the Calumet WYTM-86 just before she was decommissioned. The last captain was William Bentler W-4 Boson.  The XO was chief Reveria Boson Mate.  The Calumet was stationed at Yerba Buena Island in the San Francisco Ca. Bay.  The picture of her in front of a bridge was taken from the dock at YBI buoy depot the bridge in the background is the Oakland San Francisco Bay Bridge.  

The Calumet was taken to Govt. Island where the boot camp use to be I saw her once moored  there by the 40' boats from COTPSF they use to moor at Govt. Island they use to travel up the estuary past Navel Station Alameda where the USS Enterprise moored when she was in port.  At Gov't Island was moored the USCGC'S  Magolonia & Gresham ( it went to Viet Nam after the Point Chico went).

The bouy tenders at YBI were the Magnolia and then the Columbine.  The Columbine went up north, then the Red Oak  took it's place

The light ship San Francisco was also moored there, the Calumet was moored there also. Across the dock from us was moored the USCGC Bayberry I think it was a 65' inland buoy tender.  When I first got transferred to the Calumet her duty was taking Customs and Quarantine officials to ships moored in the quarantine area, then we were changed to escorting ammunition ships from Navy Weapons Station Concord to the San Francisco Bay, we weren't allowed to pass under the Golden Gate Bridge because we didn't have the ballast to take the roll past 37.5 degrees, she was still escorting ammunition ships when she was decommissioned.