A typical first-class cruising cutter for the Coast Guard combines to an unusual degree seaworthiness, speed and long steaming radius. It carries, in addition, considerable salvage gear for assistance work, the most modern radio equipment of every character, and an armament prescribed by the General Board of the Navy. The desirable characteristics for such a vessel are an outcome of the long experience of the Coast Guard on its various duties, but the design is further affected by the new appliances available to naval architects and marine engineers in recent years. With normal Coast Guard duty consisting of assistance to vessels in distress, cruises in the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean, ice patrol off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland when ice threatens the steamer lanes, searches for derelicts, prevention of smuggling, and assignment to regular^ naval duty in an emergency, there is a legitimate demand by the officers at sea for every arrangement and device which can add to the efficiency of the cutters.
Typical Vessels and Boats of the U. S. Coast Guard
By Captain R. B. Adams, Engineer in Chief, and Constructor F. A. Hunnewell, Superintendent of Construction and Repair