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WWII: Small Boats


Class Lead Boat Number Year Comments Pictures
26' Beebe-McLellan Type Pulling/Sailing Surfboat       Designed by LT McLellan, USRM, and Frederick Beebe
Replaced all previous designs
26' with 3 or 4 thwarts for 6 or 8 oars, double banked
Clinker built - Sprit sailing rig with jib and sprit sail
Self bailing but not self righting
27' Beebe Type Motor Surfboat       27' Beebe pulling boats converted by adding a 12 hp gasoline engine
Capable of about 8 knots
26' Beebe-McLellan Type Motor Surfboat       One 26' pulling boat was converted as an experiment
Almost all others were built new with the engine


Class Lead Boat Number Year Comments Pictures
36' Hansen Type T Motor Lifeboat   27 1928 Incorporated improvements to the Type H
Partially enclosed cockpit
Capable of 9 knots and a range of 280 nautical miles
36' Type TR Motor Lifeboat   72 1931 Modified Type T
TR = Type T, Revised
52' Wooden Hull Motor Lifeboat   2 1935 Stationed in the Pacific Northwest
Named Invincible and Triumph
Invincible was transferred to the Navy in 1967
Triumph was lost in a rescue attempt in 1961
36' Type TRS Motor Lifeboat   130 1937 Modified Type TR
TRS = Type T, Revised, Simplified
The last Type TRS was retired in 1987

Cutter Boats

Class Lead Boat Number Year Comments Model
26' Monomoy Type Pulling/Sailing Surfboat       26' Monomoy shoreside surfboat built with a carvel hull
and used as the standard cutter boat