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Rush II (WSC-151)

(WSC-151: displacement 260; length 125'; beam 23'; draft 6'3"; speed 13 knots; complement 38; armament 1 3"; class Active)


The second Rush, built in 1926 for the Coast Guard by American Brown Boveri Electrical Corp., Camden, N.J., was commissioned 27 April 1927. She was first assigned general patrol and rescue duty out of New York City, where she operated in the lower New York Bay area. During this period she assisted the Coast Guard in combating rumrunners.

Rush shifted her permanent station to Norfolk, Va., in 1930, where she conducted patrol and rescue operations through 1934. In 1935 she was assigned permanent duty at Chicago, Ill., where she served as a patrol craft on Lake Michigan until 1940.

Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941 transferred the Coast Guard to the Navy. Rush shifted her base of patrol operations to Marquette, on the northern peninsula of Michigan. She operated as a naval patrol craft on Lake Superior through the war years and returned to the Coast Guard 1 January 1946. With the return of peace, Rush transferred to New London, Conn., and conducted patrols from that port until she decommissioned 21 August 1947. She was sold 6 July 1948 to Humble Oil Refining Co., and provided towing services at Houston, Tex., as Humble AC-1. In 1964 she was sold to Virgin Islands Towing Corp, and she continued to provide towing services as Vitow I out of Charlotte Amalie, V.I., through 1977


21 October 2005

Published: Mon Aug 31 13:37:53 EDT 2015