U.S. Army Coastal Freighters (F, FS) Built During WWII

Most recent update: November 28, 2012.


A total of 318 coastal freighters, known as F (for Freight) or FS (for Freight Supply) boats, were built for the U.S. Army during WWII, by 25 small shipbuilders, notably Higgins Industries, in New Orleans LA, and Wheeler SB, in Whitestone NY.  Most were of steel but some were of wood.  The early models were only about 100 feet long, but the bulk of the fleet was 180 feet.  Many were operated by the Coast Guard - click here to read about them - and some were transferred to the Navy as AKLs.  After the war many were transferred overseas, but large numbers are unaccounted for.  Many in the Pacific Theater were probably abandoned: as with many other small ship types, it wasn't economical to bring them home.  If anyone knows of the whereabouts or final fate of an FS that's not already reported below, or has any other data to add to the table, please e-mail me at timcolton@aol.com.

Shipbuilder Location Hull # O.N. Type # Dsn Mtl GT Ft. Delivery Disposition
Equitable Equipment Madisonville LA     F 1 216 S 180 99 11/42  
Equitable Equipment Madisonville LA     F 2 216 S 180 99 12/42  
Equitable Equipment Madisonville LA     F 3 216 S 180 99 12/42  
Equitable Equipment Madisonville LA 190   F 4 225 S 180 102 3/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 141   F 5 216 S 180 99 6/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 142   F 6 216 S 180 99 6/43 To the Philippines as Governor Forbes
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 143   F 7 216 S 180 99 7/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 144 201731 F 8 216 S 180 99 8/43 Later Dona Rosario
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 145   F 9 216 S 180 99 8/43 To the Philippines as Governor Wood
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 146   F 10 216 S 180 99 8/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 147   F 11 216 S 180 99 8/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 148   F 12 216 S 180 99 9/43 To Surinam as Albina
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 149   F 13 216 S 180 99 9/43 Later Vestrefjord, Tyfon Sjovik
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI 150   F 14 216 S 180 99 9/43  
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 15 216 S 180 99 7/43 To the Philippines as Trede
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 16 216 S 180 99 7/43  
Equitable Equipment Madisonville LA 191   F 17 225 S 180 102 4/43 To Hong Kong as Linda Muller
Equitable Equipment Madisonville LA 192   F 18 225 S 180 102 4/43 Later  Equitable
        FS 19-28           Converted merchant vessels
Petrich SB Tacoma WA     FS 29 277 W 270 114 4/43-8/43  
Petrich SB Tacoma WA     FS 30 277 W 270 114 4/43-8/43 Sold private as Sundown
Petrich SB Tacoma WA     FS 31 277 W 270 114 4/43-8/43 To Panama as J. W. Rodgers
Petrich SB Tacoma WA     FS 32 277 W 270 114 4/43-8/43 Sold private as Frances
Petrich SB Tacoma WA     FS 33 277 W 270 114 4/43-8/43  
Petrich SB Tacoma WA     FS 34 277 W 270 114 4/43-8/43 To USCG 1945, returned to USA 1946 and retained as Baker
Chilman Shipyard Hoquiam WA     FS 35 277 W 270 114 5/43-7/43  
Chilman Shipyard Hoquiam WA     FS 36 277 W 270 114 5/43-7/43  
Northwestern SB South Bellingham WA     FS 37 277 W 270 114 1/43 Sold private as Expansion
Northwestern SB South Bellingham WA     FS 38 277 W 270 114 1/43 Sold private as Coastal Forest, later Magic Isle
Northwestern SB South Bellingham WA     FS 39 277 W 270 114 1/43  
Northwestern SB South Bellingham WA     FS 40 277 W 270 114 1/43 Sold private as Coastal Glacier
Northwestern SB South Bellingham WA     FS 41 277 W 270 114 1/43  
Davis & Sons, M.M. Solomons MD     FS 42 277 W 270 114 6/43-7/43 Sold private as Rowe
Davis & Sons, M.M. Solomons MD     FS 43 277 W 270 114 6/43-7/43  
Davis & Sons, M.M. Solomons MD     FS 44 277 W 270 114 6/43-7/43  
Davis & Sons, M.M. Solomons MD     FS 45 277 W 270 114 6/43-7/43  
Martinolich Repair San Francisco CA     FS 46 277 W 270 114 5/43-8/43  
Martinolich Repair San Francisco CA     FS 47 277 W 270 114 5/43-8/43 Now a bed-and-breakfast in B.C.
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 48 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43 Sold private as Birchfield
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 49 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 50 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43 Sold private as Tolstoi
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 51 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43 To the Philippines as Governor Roosevelt
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 52 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 53 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 54 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43 To the Philippines as Governor Stimson
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 55 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Casey Boatbuilding Fairhaven MA     FS 56 277 W 270 114 11/43  
        FS 57-62           Cancelled
Stonington Yacht Basin Stonington ME     FS 63 277 W 270 114 4/43-6/43 Completed as JMP, later Ranger II, Inland Seas, now Bar St. Barnabe
Stonington Yacht Basin Stonington ME     FS 64 277 W 270 114 4/43-6/43 Completed as JMP, later Yellowfin, now Pacific Yellowfin
        FS 65-69           Cancelled
Stowman Shipyard Dorchester NJ     FS 70 277 W 270 114 5/43 Completed as JMP
        FS 71-72           Cancelled
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 73 216 S 180 99 8/43 To the Phillipines as Trede
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 74 216 S 180 99 8/43  
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 75 216 S 180 99 9/43  
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 76 216 S 180 99 9/43 To Nicaragua as Explorer
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 77 216 S 180 99 10/43  
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 78 216 S 180 99 10/43  
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 79 216 S 180 99 11/43  
        FS 80-84           Converted merchant vessels
        FS 85-88           Cancelled
        FS 89-90           Converted merchant vessels
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 91 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43 To the Philippines as Princesa de Beliran
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 92 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 93 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 94 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 95 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43 To the Philippines as Governor Murphy
Birchfield Boiler Tacoma WA     F 96 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
        FS 97-101           Converted merchant vessels
Cambridge SB Cambridge MD     FS 102 247 W 450 140 11/43-3/44 To the Netherlands Antilles as Willemstad
Cambridge SB Cambridge MD     FS 103 247 W 450 140 11/43-3/44  
Cambridge SB Cambridge MD     FS 104 247 W 450 140 11/43-3/44  
Cambridge SB Cambridge MD     FS 105 247 W 450 140 7/44-10/44  
Cambridge SB Cambridge MD     FS 106 247 W 450 140 7/44-10/44 To the Bahamas as FS 106
Minneford Yacht Yard City Island NY     FS 107 247 W 450 140 10/43  
Minneford Yacht Yard City Island NY     FS 108 247 W 450 140 3/44-4/44  
Minneford Yacht Yard City Island NY     FS 109 247 W 450 140 3/44-4/44 To Argentina as Babymar
Grays Harbor SB  Aberdeen WA     FS 110 247 W 450 140 6/43 COL Quackenbush
Stonington Yacht Basin Stonington ME     FS 111 247 W 450 140 3/44 Sold private as W. J. Townsend
Stonington Yacht Basin Stonington ME     FS 112 247 W 450 140 8/44 To Honduras as La Una
Warren Fish Pensacola FL     FS 113 247 W 450 140 10/43 To Honduras as Jimenao
Warren Fish Pensacola FL     FS 114 247 W 450 140 4/44 To Nicaragua as Selena
Calumet Shipyard Chicago IL     F 115 216 S 180 99 7/43-10/43  
Calumet Shipyard Chicago IL     F 116 216 S 180 99 7/43-10/43  
Calumet Shipyard Chicago IL     F 117 216 S 180 99 7/43-10/43  
Calumet Shipyard Chicago IL     F 118 216 S 180 99 7/43-10/43  
Calumet Shipyard Chicago IL     F 119 216 S 180 99 7/43-10/43  
Calumet Shipyard Chicago IL     F 120 216 S 180 99 7/43-10/43  
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 121 216 S 180 99 11/43 Later Lucy Moller, Thorncombe, wrecked 1954
Kewaunee SB Kewaunee WI     F 122 216 S 180 99 12/43  
        FS 123           Converted merchant vessel
        FS 124           Converted merchant vessel
        FS 125           Converted merchant vessel
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI     F 126 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI     F 127 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI     F 128 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI     F 129 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
Sturgeon Bay SB Sturgeon Bay WI     F 130 216 S 180 99 9/43-11/43  
        FS 131           Converted merchant vessel
Supple-Bollin SB Portland OR     FS 132         1918 Ex-Mount Shasta, burnt in Prince Rupert BC 1944
        FS 133           Converted merchant vessel
        FS 134           Number not used
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 135 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 Sold private as Viki
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 136 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 To Costa Rica as Dopey
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 137 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44  
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 138 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44  
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 139 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44  
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 140 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 141 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 142 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 143 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 144 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 145 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 146 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned, to China 1946
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 147 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 148 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 149 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 150 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 151 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 152 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 153 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 154 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 155 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned, to China 1946
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 156 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 157 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 158 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 159 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 160 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 161 330 S 512 180 9/43-3/44 USCG-manned, to USSR 1946.
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 162 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, to Korea as City of Namwon
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 163 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, lost in typhoon 1945
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 164 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 165 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 166 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as Don Esteban
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 167 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 168 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, retained by USA
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 169 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, to Korea as City of Yongdungpo
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 170 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 171 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, to Korea as City of Ongjin
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 172 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, sank off New Guinea 1945
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 173 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 174 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, to USN 1950 as AKL 18, struck 1959
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 175 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, to USN 1950 as AKL 19, struck 1959
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 176 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 177 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 178 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as Zamboanga
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 179 330 S 573 180 4/44-5/44 USCG-manned, retained in USA
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 180 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned, sold as Sikeoyness
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 181 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned, to China as Shamrock
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 182 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 183 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as Mickey
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 184 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 185 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 186 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 187 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned, to France as Petrel
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 188 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned, to Liberia as African Guide
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 189 330 S 573 180 5/44-7/44 USCG-manned, to Hong Kong as Edith Moller
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 190 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 191 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to Korea as City of Wongju
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 192 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 193 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to USN 1950 as AKL 20, struck 1961
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 194 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as Governor Gilbert
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 195 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to USN 1951 as Alcyone (AKL 37), to Korea 1951, scrapped 1960
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 196 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, sold as Henry I, now Star Mindanao
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 197 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 198 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to Korea as City of Kumchon
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 199 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as General Segundo
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 200 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as Davao
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 201 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as Dona Filomena
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 202 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 203 330 S 573 180 7/44-10/44 USCG-manned, to the Philippines
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 204 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Clifford P. Bradley, retained in USA
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 205 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Richard E. Cobb, to Panama as Marjorie E.
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 206 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL John D. Corkille, sold as Trident
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 207 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Demas T. Craw, retained in USA
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 208 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Everett S. Davis, sold as Alexander Agassiz, now Pathfinder
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 209 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Sam L. Ellis, sold as Lancaster
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 210 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Oliver S. Ferson, sold as Yaquina, now Blue Pacific
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 211 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Percival E. Gabel, sold as Nelco I, now Sea Producer
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 212 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Donald M. Keiser, later Ruth Ann, to Italy 1969 as L. F. Marsili, scrapped 1988
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 213 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Douglas M. Kilpatrick
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 214 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Raymond T. Lester, to USN 1947 as Mark (AG 143), to Taiwan 1971 as Yung Kang (A 514)
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 215 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Donald R. Lyon, to BWI
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 216 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL William J. McKiernan, sold as Smith Island
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 217 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Armand Peterson, to USN as USS Palm Beach (AKL 45), later AGER 3, struck 1969
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 218 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Charles T. Phillips
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 219 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Edgar R. Todd, to USN 1950 as AKL 43, struck
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 220 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Harold B. Wright
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 221 427 S 573 180 10/44-1/45 COL Francis T. Ziegler, later IX 306, sold 1989, believed sunk in Haiti
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 222 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned, to USCG as WAK 246
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 223 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 224 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as Edward
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 225 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 226 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned, to the Philippines as General Malvar
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 227 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned, sold as Alaminos, now Great Wicomico
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 228 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned, sold as Clipperton
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 229 330 S 573 180 1/45-3/45 USCG-manned
Higgins Industries New Orleans LA     FS 230 330 S 573 180