From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. 1, p 105


Bath is a city in Maine and New York.

(PF-55: dp. 1430 ; l. 303'11" ; b. 37'6" ; dr. 13'8" ; s. 20.8 k.;cpl. 190; a. 3 3"; cl. Tacoma)

The second Bath (PF-55) was launched 14 November 1943 by Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.; sponsored by Mrs. Myra W. S. Dean ; and commissioned 1 September 1944, Commander J. R. Stewart. USCG, in command.

The Coast Guard manned Bath was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet and based at the Naval Frontier Base, Tompkinsville, N. Y, On 1 January she joined Escort Division 38, serving under Commander, Eastern Sea Frontier. Until 17 May 1945 she escorted convoys between New York and Guantanamo, Cuba, as well as operating on coastal anti-submarine patrol.

She departed New York 14 June for Seattle, Wash., and on 13 July 1945 was transferred to Russia under the Lend-Lease Act. Bath was returned to the Navy at Yokosuka, Japan, 15 November 1949 and placed out of commission in reserve. On 23 December 1953 she was loaned to Japan.