Itasca

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Itasca


Itasca (#None) (1929-1950), 239-foot, steel cruising cutter of “Lake” class design,, named for a lake in Minnesota and built in Oakland, California. She entered service into the U.S. Coast Guard on July 12, 1930. She served in Hawaii where, in 1937, she was used in the search for the lost plane of Amelia Earhart. Later that year she was transferred to San Diego. In the summer of 1939, Itasca was used to rescue Jeanne Lamberth, resident child on San Nicolas Island, who had broken her leg in a horse accident. Itasca was decommissioned on May 30, 1941, leased to Great Britain and known as the HMS Gorleston, and returned to the Coast Guard on April 23, 1946. She was sold for scrap on September 28, 1950.