USS Muskeget (AG-48)
|Namesake:||An island off southeast Massachusetts|
|Builder:||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Sparrows Point, Maryland|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Completed:||in 1923 as SS Cornish|
|Acquired:||by the US Navy, 29 December 1941|
|Commissioned:||3 January 1942 as USS YAG-9|
|Decommissioned:||30 June 1942|
|In service:||1 July 1942 as USCGC Muskeget (WAG-48)|
|Out of service:||9 September 1942 (sunk by torpedo)|
|Renamed:||USS Muskeget (AG-48), 30 May 1942|
|Refit:||Sullivan Drydock & Repair Co., New York|
|Struck:||26 October 1943|
|Fate:||sunk by torpedo from U-755, 9 September 1942|
|Type:||commercial cargo ship|
|Tons burthen:||1,827 tons|
|Propulsion:||one Hooven, Owens, Rentschler Company triple-expansion steam engine; two; Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation single-ended Scotch boilers, 190 psi; single propeller 1,300 SHP|
|Complement:||116 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||one single 4"/50 gun mount; one single 3"/50 gun mount; four single 20mm AA gun mounts; two depth charge tracks; four y-guns; two mousetraps|
USS Muskeget (AG-48/YAG-9) – later known as USCGC Muskeget (WAG-48) – was a commercial cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. She was outfitted with a variety of guns and depth charge devices and sent on weather patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared with loss of all crew members; it was later determined she had been sunk by a German submarine.
Constructed in Maryland
Muskeget (YAG 9) was built as Cornish in 1923 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Sparrows Point, Maryland; acquired by the Navy 29 December 1941 from Eastern Shipbuilding Lines, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts; converted from a freighter by Sullivan Drydock & Repair Co., New York; and commissioned as YAG-9 on 3 January 1942.
World War II service
Assigned to the 3d Naval District, YAG-9 performed patrol duty off New York until reclassified AG-48 and named Muskeget on 30 May.
Transferred to the Coast Guard
One month later, 30 June, the miscellaneous auxiliary was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard and served with the North Atlantic Weather Patrol into the fall of 1942. She was last reported on station 11 September.
Presumed lost at sea
When Muskeget was overdue in reaching home port later in September, Muskeget was presumed lost with its complement of:
On 26 October 1943. Muskeget was struck from the Navy List.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - USCGC Muskeget (WAG-48) – ex - USS Muskeget (AG-48) (1942) - USS YAG-9 (1942)