USS Beaufort (PF-59)
USS Beaufort (PF-59)
|Namesake:||A city in far southern South Carolina, and the seat of government for Beaufort County, South Carolina|
|Ordered:||As "patrol gunboat," PG-167, MC Type T. S2-S2-AQ1, (MC hull 1466)|
|Reclassified:||"Patrol frigate," PF-59, 15 April 1943|
|Builder:||Globe Shipbuilding Company, Superior, Wisconsin|
|Laid down:||21 July 1943|
|Launched:||9 October 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Elma G. Rodgers|
|In service:||20 July 1944|
|Out of service:||29 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||28 August 1944 as USS Beaufort (PF-59)|
|Refit:||Converted to a weather station ship at the Boston Navy Yard|
|Decommissioned:||19 April 1946 at Norfolk, Virginia|
|Struck:||21 May 1946|
|Fate:||Scrapped, 11 April 1947|
|Class and type:||Tacoma-class frigate|
|Displacement:||1,430 long tons (1,453 t)|
|Length:||303 ft 11 in (92.63 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)|
|Propulsion:||two 3-drum express boilers, two 5,500 ihp J. Hendy Iron Works engines, two shafts|
|Speed:||20.3 knots (37.6 km/h; 23.4 mph)|
|Complement:||176 officers and enlisted|
|Notes:||weather balloon hangar located aft|
USS Beaufort (PF-59) was a Tacoma-class frigate acquired by the United States Navy during World War II. Although she was designed as a patrol craft, she was reconfigured and employed as a weather station ship in the North Atlantic Ocean. Beaufort's task was to launch weather balloons and transmit weather data via radio to her shore-based commanders.
Constructed in Superior, Wisconsin
The third U.S Navy ship to be so named, Beaufort (PF-59) laid down on 21 July 1943 at Superior, Wisconsin, by the Globe Shipbuilding Co. under a U.S. Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1466); launched on 9 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Elma G. Rodgers; accepted by the Navy on 8 July 1944.
Beaufort was placed in service for the trip to Boston, Massachusetts; arrived at Boston on 20 July 1944; placed out of service on 29 July 1944; converted to a weather station ship at the Boston Navy Yard; and commissioned on 28 August 1944, Lt. Comdr. George R. Boyce, USCG, temporarily in command.
World War II service
The ship arrived back at Boston on 6 October. After a nine-day repair period, the patrol frigate headed for Hussey Sound — near Portland, Maine — for five days of training before returning to Boston. Soon thereafter, she sailed for Argentia, Newfoundland. During the remainder of World War II and for some seven months thereafter, she operated out of Argentia as a weather station ship with additional duty as a plane guard and air-sea rescue ship.
Under Coast Guard cognizance
In March 1946, she was temporarily assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard pending inactivation. Beaufort reported to the Commandant, 5th Naval District, on 28 March 1946 and was decommissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, on 19 April 1946.