The 133' White class Coastal Buoy Tender (WAGL/WLM) ships were acquired by the U.S Coast Guard following World War II. Strapped for funds for new ships, the U.S. Coast Guard acquired eight YF-257 class, ‘covered lighters, self propelled,’
from the U.S. Navy, constructed in 1942-43. Built by three different shipyards:Niagara Shipbuilding, Buffalo, New York; Basalt Rock Company, Napa, California; and Erie Concrete & Steel Supply Company,Erie, Pennsylvania, each yard finished its vessels in a slightly different way. The primary design distinctions were a raked or plum bow stem. Upon commissioning into the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessels were given the WAGL designation meaning ‘auxiliary vessel,lighthouse tender.’ All eight vessels were named for a plant,shrub or tree, with ‘white’ as a prefix: After 1966, the designation ‘WLM’ replaced ‘WAGL’. ‘WLM’ indicated ‘medium or coastal buoy tender.’
USCGC White Sumac (WLM-540)
USCGC White Alder (WLM-541)
USCGC White Bush (WLM-542)
USCGC White Holly (WLM-543)
USCGC White Sage (WLM-544)
USCGC White Heath (WLM-545)
USCGC White Lupine (WLM-546)
USCGC White Pine (WLM-547)
Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.
We offer our US Coast Guard White Class Coastal Buoy Tenders (WLM) 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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