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Treasury Class Cutter (WHEC) Models

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The seven ships of Treasury class high endurance cutters (WPG and WHEC) were collectively known as the "327s" (in reference to the 327-foot length of their hulls). The Treasury class ships were named for former U.S. Treasury Secretaries. Primarily constructed for U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue operations, these cutters were first launched in 1936 and 1937. The Treasury-class cutters proved to be highly adaptable, dependable, versatile and long-lived warships; most served their country for over 40 years. Today, two of these cutters now serve as floating museums (USCGC Taney WHEC-37 and USCGC Ingham WHEC-35). Another two are artificial reefs in the Florida Keys (USCGC Duane WPG-33 and USCGC Bibb WPG-31).
Nomenclature Note
In February of 1942, the Coast Guard adopted the Navy's ship classification system whereby a vessel was designated with a two-letter abbreviation (based on the type of ship) and its hull number.  To differentiate them from their Navy counterparts, all Coast Guard cutters were given the prefix "W" at that same time.  (The W was an unused letter on the Navy's designation alphabet and was arbitrarily assigned to designate a "Coast Guard cutter"--it does not stand for any particular word.)  The Coast Guard also began assigning an exclusive hull number to each cutter. After the end of the war and the Coast Guard's transfer back to the control of the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard continued to use the Navy's system.  The large, sea-going cutters were classified primarily as "WPG," "WDE", and "WAVP" (Coast Guard gunboats; Coast Guard destroyer escorts; and Coast Guard seaplane tenders).  This changed in 1965 when the service adopted its own designation system and these large cutters were then referred to as Coast Guard High Endurance Cutters or "WHEC."
USCGC Bibb (WPG-31)
USCGC Campbell (WPG-32)
USCGC Duane (WPG-33)
USCGC Hamilton (WPG-34)
USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35)
USCGC Spencer (WPG-36)
USCGC Taney (WHEC-37)
Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our US Coast Guard Treasury Class Cutter (WPG and WHEC) models in several poplular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our US Coast Guard ship models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, mounted on a polished mahogany base board. Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, nameplates,  ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.

The model build time is generally 16 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee: In the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied with your model and wish to return it, notify us within 7 days of the model delivery and we will issue a refund or exchange.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

Add a museum-like touch to your model display - Consider our protective display case option. Keep fingers and dust away - forever!  Please visit our Display Case page to see our selection.

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