USCGC Dogwood (WAGL-259)

Career (USA)
Name: USCGC Dogwood
Namesake: Dogwood
Builder: Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works, Dubuque, Iowa
Commissioned: 17 September 1941
Decommissioned: 11 August 1989
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Sycamore-class buoy tender
Displacement: 280 tons
Length: 113 ft 9 in (34.67 m)
Beam: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Draft: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors diesel engines
800 bhp (597 kW)
2 shafts
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 20
Armament: Small arms

USCGC Dogwood (WAGL-259/WLR-259) was a 114-foot river buoy tender of the United States Coast Guard. Constructed by the Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works Company in Dubuque, Iowa, she was commissioned in 1941 and served until 1989. She was stationed at Vicksburg, Mississippi and later Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She had an active career, from tending ATON to escorting the NASA rocket barge Palaemon on three occasions and assisting in the cleanup operation along the gulf coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy.[1]

The ship had three nicknames: Dogfood, Divorce Boat, "The Dog.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Dogwood, 1941". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History: USCG CUTTER NICKNAMES" (PDF). U.S. Coast Guard. Retrieved 2009-12-21.