From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol.V - p 270


A son of Zeus and Danae ; the slayer the Gorgon Medusa.

(WPC-114: dp. 337; 1. 165'; b. 25'3''; dr. 9'6''; s. 16 k.; cpl. 50; a. 1 3'', 2 20mm)

Perseus, built for the Coast Guard by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Me., was delivered 23 April 1932. She commissioned as a large cruising cutter, was assigned permanent station at Stapleton, Borough of Richmond, N.Y., and commenced local patrol and rescue operations. In 1935 the cutter's permanent station shifted to San Diego, Calif.

Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941 transferred the entire Coast Guard to the Navy. With the outbreak of hostilities Perseus was temporarily shifted to Cordova, a coastal base in southeastern Alaska. She returned to San Diego 31 December 1941 and served there as a naval coastal patrol and rescue craft until the end of the war.

Executive Order 9666 returned the Coast Guard to the Treasury Department 1 January 1946. Perseus remained active as a patrol craft in the San Diego area until 1959, when she decommissioned and was sold.