USS Sheboygan (PF-57)

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USS Sheboygan
Lieutenant ter zee Victor Billet
Lieutenant ter zee Victor Billet in Belgian service
United States
Name: Sheboygan
Namesake: City of Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Builder: Globe Shipbuilding Company, Superior, Wisconsin
Laid down: 17 April 1943
Launched: 31 July 1943
Commissioned: 26 May 1944
Decommissioned: 1 June 1944
Recommissioned: 14 October 1944
Decommissioned: 9 August 1946
Identification: PF-57
Fate: Sold to Belgium, 19 March 1947
Name: Lieutenant ter zee Victor Billet
Acquired: 19 March 1947
Struck: 1957
Identification: F 910
  • Converted to training hulk, 1958
  • Scrapped, 1959
General characteristics
Class and type: Tacoma-class frigate
Displacement: 1,264 long tons (1,284 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)
  • 2 × 5,500 shp (4,101 kW) turbines
  • 3 boilers
  • 2 shafts
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 190

USS Sheboygan (PF-57) was a Tacoma-class frigate of the United States Navy which was later transferred to the Belgian Navy as Lieutenant ter zee Victor Billet.


Sheboygan was laid down on 17 April 1943, under a Maritime Commission contract by the Globe Shipbuilding Company at Superior, Wisconsin; sponsored by Mrs. Willard M. Sonnenburg; and placed in reduced commission at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 26 May 1944, with Lieutenant Commander A. J. Carpenter, USCG, in command. It the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Service history[edit]

Ordered to Tampa, Florida, for conversion to a weather patrol ship, Sheboygan was decommissioned on 1 June. On 14 October 1944, she was recommissioned. Shakedown in Bermuda followed; and on 21 February, the frigate arrived at NS Argentia, Newfoundland, for weather patrol duty.

As a Navy ship, she performed weather and plane guard patrols in the North Atlantic, broken by periods of upkeep in Naval Station Argentia, and Boston, Massachusetts, until transferred to the United States Coast Guard on 14 March 1946. Her work in the North Atlantic, however, continued until she was decommissioned on 9 August 1946.

She was sold on 19 March 1947 to Belgium and served in the Belgian Navy as Lieutenant ter zee Victor Billet until converted to a stationary training hulk in 1958, and was scrapped in 1959.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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