the 95-foot or Cape class was an outgrowth of a need for shallow-draft anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) craft brought on by the increasing tensions during the years immediately following World War II. During the period of construction, three distinctive sub-classes evolved as the Coast Guard’s mission emphasis shifted from ASW to search and rescue (SAR), The A Type 95-footer was outfitted primarily for ASW. The B Type differed by mounting a 40 mm vice 20 mm gun and being fitted with scramble nets, a towing bit, and a large searchlight – all important SAR tools. The C Type units were constructed without the heavy armament and for economy some of the SAR equipment was also deleted. However, the Coast Guard added these SAR items to both the As and Cs during various refits. A renovation program began in the mid-1970s but was ended, due to increasing expenses and a shortage of funds, after 16 boats had been overhauled.
The 95-footers were designed by the Coast Guard and built at the Coast Guard Yard. Their hulls were made of steel while their superstructures were made of aluminum. This proved to be problematic throughout their service lives due to electrolysis between the dissimilar metals.
These cutters remained unnamed until January of 1964.
Cape Morgan was stationed at Charleston, SC, from 1955 to 1979. She was used for law enforcement (LE) and SAR. On 1-2 May 1966, she stood by the grounded Liberian M/V Vara on Long Reef until she refloated. On 1 June 1967, she embarked four Cuban refugees at Dry Tortugas and transported them to Key West, FL. On 4 June 1967, she embarked six Cuban refugees from the F/V Lupy and delivered them to Key West as well. On 12 December 1967, she escorted the distressed schooner Citrisita to Georgetown, SC. On 28 June 1969, she towed the disabled pleasure craft Mon-How II 30 miles southeast of Charleston to that port. On 16 March 1970, she medevaced a crewman from U.S. M/V Mobilgas off Charleston. On 2 October 1970, she towed the disabled pleasure craft Miss Carriage to Charleston. She underwent major renovation in 1980. From 1981 to 1989, she was stationed at South Portland, ME, and used for LE and SAR. On 29 April 1984, she helped rescue the crew of a fishing vessel 35 miles east of Portsmouth, NH. On 10 July 1984, she fight fire on a 42-foot lobster boat 2 miles off Salem, MJA. On 14 November 1984, she helped seize a motor vessel with 7 tons of marijuana on board.