February 2 to March 1
The New Lake-Class Cutters
Nautical Gazette, Feb. 15, by Capt. R. B. Adams, Engineer-in-Chief, United States Coast Guard.—The new Coast Guard cutters, Itasca, Sebago, Saranac and No. 53, yet to be named, are now being constructed at the yards of the General Engineering Company, at Oakland, Calif. These vessels are similar, as far as the hull is concerned, to the five cutters of the Chelan class recently built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company at their Fore River works, but some changes have been made in the machinery installation. The vessels are 250 feet long with a 42-foot beam, 16-foot draft, and a displacement of about 1,800 tons. A single mast placed between the pilot house and the smokestack gives a clear arc of fire for the three 5-inch guns and provides a clear deck aft for transportation and operation of planes in case of necessity. The Chelan class exceeded 17 knots on their trial trips, and it is expected that these new cutters will equal this speed.