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USS High Point
USS High Point underway
Career (USA)
Name: USS High Point (PCH-1)
Namesake: High Point, North Carolina
Awarded: 14 June 1960
Builder: J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corporation
Laid down: 27 February 1961
Launched: August 17, 1962
Acquired: 15 August 1963
In service: 15 August 1963
Struck: 1980
Status: Private ownership
General characteristics
Class and type: High Point-class patrol craft
Displacement: 110 Tons
Length: 115 ft (35 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m) with foils down
Speed: 30 knots

USS High Point (PCH-1) was a High Point-class patrol craft of the United States Navy, and was launched August 17, 1962 by J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corporation in Tacoma, Washington. Built in conjunction with Boeing in Seattle, Washington she was placed in service August 15, 1963 with Lieutenant H. G. Billerbeck in charge. High Point was named after High Point, North Carolina.

High Point was the first of a series of hydrofoil craft designed to evaluate the performance of this kind of propulsion in the US Navy of the era. She has three submerged foils containing propulsion nacelles and propellers, and is also capable of riding on her hull like a more conventional ship. On her foils, High Point was capable of very high-speed operation and was evaluated for mobility and flexibility as an antisubmarine force. The craft carried out tests in Puget Sound during 1967-1968.

High Point was decommissioned in March 1975 from the US Navy and transferred to the United States Coast Guard on April 4, 1975 and commissioned as USCGC High Point (WMEH-1). She was again decommissioned May 5, 1975 and returned to US Navy custody. High Point was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register sometime in 1980. In 2002 she was purchased by a private individual intent on restoring the craft.

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