(Storis is a Scandinavian word meaning 'great ice')

Type and Characteristics - Light icebreaker (later medium endurance cutter), steel hull, built by Toledo Shipbuilding Co, Toledo, Ohio; launched 4 April 1942, commissioned 30 September 1942; 2,060 tons displacement, 230ft long x 43ft 2in beam x15 ft draft; diesel-electric motor, single screw; 13 kts; crew of 17 officers and 131 men (1945); the only example of her class.

Log Period and Areas of Service - 1946 to 1955, Atlantic Coast, Greenland and Alaskan waters.

Summary of Service

1942 - Home port Boston; joined Greenland Patrol, helping prevent establishment of weather stations by German forces in strategically-important area, and escorting military convoys.

13 June 1943 - Assisted following sinking of convoy escort USCGC Escanaba; rescued two survivors from crew of 103.

September 1948 - Home port Juneau, Alaska; joined Bering Sea Patrol; assisted in establishment of LORAN radio-navigation stations in Alaska and conducted hydrographic surveys in uncharted waters off Arctic.

July 1957 - Left Seattle in company with CG cutters Bramble and Spar to search for deep draft channel through the Arctic Ocean (Northwest Passage); became first US-registered vessel to circumnavigate North America on return to Greenland waters.

Late 1957 - Home port Kodiak, Alaska; law enforcement, fishery enforcement and search and rescue duties.

1972 - Overhauled to become medium endurance cutter for fishery enforcement duties in Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

8 February 2007 - Decommissioned, sent for storage at Suisin Bay, California.

Fate – Sent to Ensenada, Mexico, for scrapping in October 2013.

Links: USCGC Storis – Life and Death of a Queen, Wikipedia, USCG Historian's Office


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