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Old 04-24-2010, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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------------ PROTECTING ALASKA THE LAST FRONTIER ------------

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"We serve and safeguard the public, protect the environment
and its resources, and defend the Nation’s interests in the
Alaskan maritime region"


Coast Guard 17th District Alaska...

USCG: District 17

CG Alaska pictures & video clips...

http://www.uscgalaska.com/go/doc/780/474403/

USCG District 17 blog...

17th Coast Guard District (http://www.uscgalaska.blogspot.com/ - broken link)

District 17 at Flickr....

17th Coast Guard District - a set on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/coast_guard/sets/72157623262132619/ - broken link)

USCG Alaska on Twitter...

Public Affairs (USCGAlaska) on Twitter

Coast Guard Channel.....

The Coast Guard Channel

Coast Guard Cutter Mellon patrolling in the Bering Sea...



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Old 04-24-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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Post Away....only items related to US Coast Guard Alaska
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Old 04-24-2010, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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They often fly to Bethel if there is a search and rescue going on in the Bering Sea west of Bethel to refuel.







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Old 04-24-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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Home-ported in Alaskan waters for nearly 50 yeas the Storis was decommissioned in 2007

Storis has been a gallant workhorse for the Coast Guard since World War II

At Kodiak Alaska...

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Old 04-24-2010, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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They have a Buoy Tender that comes up the Kuskokwim each year.





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Old 04-24-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Very close to water
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Home-ported in Alaskan waters for nearly 50 yeas the Storis was decommissioned in 2007

Storis has been a gallant workhorse for the Coast Guard since World War II

At Kodiak Alaska...

Served on Storis 1979 and 80 also known as the pig or the football, as it rolled in calm seas. Known to some as the Galloping ghost of the Alaskan coast. Took a 45deg roll in the gulf, got stuck in the ice and ripped the steering rams off the deck, think they were 1 1/2 studs that snapped.

Storis was one of three ships to find and navagate the North West Passage

Great shots CC
Thanks
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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Thanks for sharing. As in interior dweller, I have always found the CG to be facsinating.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Southeast Alaska
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Thanks Warp...keep 'em coming if ya got 'em

Lakester.....
check back as I'm sure Mark will want to visit with you about your days on Storis
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Old 04-25-2010, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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This is the USCGC Sorrel WLB296, it is a 180' Buoy Tender home port in Cordova, Alaska from 1974 to 1975, before that it was based out of Seward and Ketchikan before that. Was the First Coast Guard ship to respond to the Lituya Bay tidal wave in 1958.

Was Built in 1942 and was part of the "Tree Class" of ships. All the 180' Buoy Tenders of that class were named after types of trees. Sorrel, Sweetbriar, Sedge, Plaintree and so forth. They all had an ice Breaker bow/hull, and could go though about four feet of ice, the propeller was and eight bladed unit and turned at about 103 RPM which put the ship at a top speed of around 13 knots. The hull had 5/16" steel plating, but at the water line and below, there was additional 1 1/2" T1 steel plating for ice protection. Very tough hull...

I was stationed on it about a week before it was transfered from Seward in 1974 to Cordova, from there in 1975, we took it to Baltimore, MD where it was to be decommissioned. We installed all the future Aids to Navigation for the tanker traffic that was to start once the Alaska Pipeline was completed in 1977. Went to the Aleutians to Southeast Alaska on a number of times to fill in for the tenders out that direction when they were in the dry dock getting work done or pick up new buoys and supplies in Ketchikan or do search and rescue for distressed or missing ships..

Have photos some where of the front flag pole (Jack staff) on the bow, is only about two feet out of the water during a gulf storm... that is dark green water, not foam... Looked like a Periscope from a sub... The ship was doing 52 degree rolls, was only suppose to do 47. Dam thing would roll in calm water with the ice breaker hull, round like a pregnant guppy.

The guy in the photo was the Third Class boatswain Mate "Shorty"...


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Old 04-25-2010, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Here is some more shots of the USCGC Sorrel....



USCGC Sorrel in home port Cordova, Alaska 1974


3" cannon on the ship


One of many storms out in the Gulf of Alaska in route to a vessel in distress. Note the flag pole up on the bow, somewhere have a photo of that sticking up about two feet out of the water from a breaking wave... not a fun ride. Will post it when I find it.


Lowering the small boat over the side to go work on Aids to Navigation. I am the guy in the foreground with the white ear protectors around my neck, just came up to check the boat out before it went over the side for work, then back down to the engine room.


Rockin' & rollin' in Kennedy Entrance, headed South for Kodiak


Mooring alongside USCGC Ironwood in Homer (Sister ship), on our way to Bristol Bay


Gunner's Mate & QM3 in the Gun tube working on the ships cannon, note the black barrel is pointed up.


9 38 buoy on the Sorrel


Doing buoy work in the Prince William Sound



USCGC Sorrel in Valdez, during winter of '74 when at the dock in Valdez. It was installing all the new Aids to Navigation for the Future Tanker Traffic for the new Alaska Oil Pipeline to be completed in 1977 with the terminus of the Pipeline in Valdez.

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