Treasury Class, U.S. Coast Guard Cutters

Photograph of Treasury-class Coast Guard cutter



Tonnage 2216 tons standard
Dimensions 327'
Maximum speed       20 knots
Armament 3x1 5"/51 guns
3x1 3"/50 AA guns
4 0.50 machine guns
2 depth charge tracks
1 depth charge thrower
2-shaft geared turbine (6200 shp)
2 Babcock & Wilcox boilers
547 tons
Range 7000 nautical miles (13,000 km) at 13 knots
Armament was increased to 4 5"/38 dual-purpose guns and 4 3"/50 dual-purpose guns on some units.
Some units received up to 4 depth charge throwers.
Some units eventually added up to 6x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns and up to 3x2 40mm Bofors AA guns, removing two of the 5" and all the 3" guns for weight compensation. In some cases the remaining 5"/51 guns were replaced with 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
HF/DF was added in 1942 and SC radar in 1943.
QC sonar was added in 1945.

The Treasuries were all named after former U.S. Secretaries of the Treasury (the Coast Guard falling under the Department of the Treasure in peacetime) and were completed in 1936-1937. Based on the hulls and machinery of the Erie class, their design emphasized long range rather than speed. They were originally constructed to carry a single seaplane, but the seaplane facilities had been replaced with depth charge tracks and throwers by the time war broke out in the Pacific. At $2.5 million apiece, the ships were regarded as highly cost-effective.

They were considered highly successful, particularly in the antisubmarine role. Though they served primarily in the Atlantic as convoy flagships, they were eventually transferred to the Pacific to serve as amphibious command ships.

Units in the Pacific:

HonoluluWithdrawn late 1943
Arrived 1945-2 as AGC conversion
Arrived 1944-10-24     
AGC conversion
Arrived 1944-11-29
AGC conversion
George M. Bibb     
Arrived 1945-2-22
AGC conversion
Arrived 1945-5-14     
AGC conversion


U.S. Coast Guard (accessed 201-7-20)

Worth (2001)

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