USCGC Bibb (WPG-31)
USCGC Bibb (WPG-31)
|Namesake:||George M. Bibb|
|Builder:||Charleston Navy Yard|
|Laid down:||15 August 1935|
|Launched:||14 January 1937|
|Commissioned:||10 March 1937|
|Decommissioned:||30 September 1985|
|Fate:||Sunk as an artificial reef off the Florida Keys on 28 November 1987|
|Class and type:||Treasury Class cutter|
|Draft:||12' 6" (max.)|
|Propulsion:||2 x Westinghouse double-reduction geared turbines; 2 x Babcock & Wilcox sectional express, air-encased, 400 psi, 200° superheat 5,250 (total shaft horse power)|
|Speed:||19.5 knots (36.1 km/h)|
|Range:||13.0 knots, 7,000 mi (11,000 km) range|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
The USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship commissioned in 1936. Seven similar "combat cutters" were built and named for secretaries of the United States Treasury. Bibb was named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (July 4, 1844 – March 7, 1845) George M. Bibb.
Bibb saw service in World War II. The ship fought in the Battle of the Atlantic serving as a convoy escort. In February 1943, the convoy came under attack and the SS Henry R. Mallory was torpedoed. Capt. Raney ignored the order to leave the survivors and went back and rescued 202 men from the icy waters. In 1944 Bibb provided convoy escort between the United States and North Africa — mainly to Bizerte in Tunisia. In January 1945 Bibb left Charleston, South Carolina for service in the Pacific theater where, as an AGC, she served temporarily as the flagship for Commander, Mine Craft, Pacific Fleet. Bibb is credited with destroying one Japanese kamikaze aircraft in action at Karema Retto.
In peacetime the Bibb spent time on ocean station providing weather information and beacons to trans-Atlantic traffic. While on ocean station, the Bibb came to the rescue of the airliner, the Bermuda Sky Queen. In the Vietnam War, the Bibb transported John Kerry after he was shot on his Swift boat.
Bibb was decommissioned in 1985 and remained docked until it was transported to the Florida Keys for use as an artificial reef. The ship was sunk in November 1987 just outside the coral reef tract, about six miles (10 km) offshore of the island of Key Largo. It lies on its side at a depth of about 130 feet (40 m). Nearby, a second Treasury-Class ship, the USCGC Duane (WPG-33) was also sunk as an artificial reef.
The Bibb rests at Coordinates: .
Among those serving on Bibb was James A. Watson, a rear admiral who was the onsite ranking officer in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Watson was an Engineering Officer/Student Engineer (1978-1980).
World War II convoys escorted
|SC 81||5 May 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 97||13–16 May 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 84||17 May 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 85||6 June 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 106||24–27 June 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 110||7–11 July 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 124||24-27 Aug 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 97||29 Aug-1 Sept 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 132||21-24 Sept 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 101||28-30 Sept 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 140||19-24 Oct 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|SC 105||25-26 Oct 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoy SC 107||5-7 Nov 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 144||8-15 Nov 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 148||25-28 Nov 1942||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoy SC 118||1-9 Feb 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|HX 226||19-20 Feb 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 169||25-27 Feb 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|HX 227||1–3 March 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoy SC 121||9–10 March 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|Convoys HX 229/SC 122||21–23 March 1943||Iceland shuttle|
|ON 173||31 March-3 April 1943||Iceland shuttle|
In popular culture
The USCGC Bibb appeared in the 1952 film "Walk East on Beacon" at the film's climactic end.
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- "USCG Bibb". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. United States CoastGuard. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- "SC convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
- "ON convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- "HX convoys". Andrew Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 2011-06-19.