Allied Warships

USCGC Northland (WPG 49)

Icebreaker

NavyThe United States Coast Guard
TypeIcebreaker
Class[No specific class] 
PennantWPG 49 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down16 Aug 1926 
Launched5 Feb 1927 
Commissioned7 May 1927 
End service27 Mar 1947 
History

Displacement: 1273 tons
Lenght: 216 feet
Complement: 17 officers and 90 men (peacetime)
Armament: 2 3" guns (2x1), 1 aircraft
Speed: 11 knots

Decommissioned on 27 March 1947 and sold.

 

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Noteable events involving Northland include:


12 Sep 1941
After the Danish government-in-exile requested that the United States protect Greenland, the Northland (Cmdr. C.C. von Paulsen, USCG) captured the Norwegian (being used by the Nazis) trawler Buskoe along with 27 men aboard. The Buskoe had disembarked members of a team to set up radio beacons. Later, three more men were captured. (U.S. Coast Guard). (1)

29 Nov 1942
USCGC Northland lost its Grumman J2F-4 Duck amphibian plane while rescuing the survivors of a crashed US Army Air Force B-17 in Greenland. The pilot, Lt. J. A. Pritchard, USCG, crewmember RM1 B. A. Bottoms, USCG, and survivor Cpl. L. E. Howarth, USAAF, were all killed. The two Coast Guardsmen were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

(source: US Coast Guard website) (1)

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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