Coast Guard proposes removal of lenses from 2 lighthouses in Wisconsin

Coast Guard proposes removal of lenses from 2 lighthouses in Wisconsin
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard announced Tuesday a proposal to remove the Fresnel classical lenses from two lighthouses in Wisconsin. The two lighthouses affected are the Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse in Algoma, Wisconsin, and the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The Fresnel Classical lenses will be replaced with modern light-emitting-diode lanterns, which are more dependable and...

Gleaming guardian of Chesapeake Bay

Gleaming guardian of Chesapeake Bay
by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn Lighthouses are built to endure the often brutal natural environments they are intended to mark, but over time take a beating from the elements. Maintaining these structures has in many instances become a shared responsibility, incorporating planning, funding and effort from various levels of government, private organizations and individuals. At a unique...

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw delivers Christmas trees, works buoys for Operation Fall Retrieve

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw delivers Christmas trees, works buoys for Operation Fall Retrieve
Seaman Jared S. Medina officially delivers the Christmas trees on behalf of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw during a ceremony Dec. 3, 2016 at Navy Pier in Chicago. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of USCGC Mackinaw CHICAGO — The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw returned to Chicago, Dec. 3, 2016,  as this year’s “Christmas Ship” loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees. Each year, the Coast Guard partners...

Coast Guard, maritime partners work to reopen Ports of Savannah and Brunswick

Coast Guard, maritime partners work to reopen Ports of Savannah and Brunswick
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard is working diligently with its maritime partners to reopen the Ports of Savannah, Ga., and Brunswick, Ga. Damage to navigational aids, infrastructure and vessels along the waterways, as well as potential shoaling caused by Hurricane Matthew currently hamper the Coast Guard’s ability to safely open the ports. “The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick are a top...

Sally Snowman: Keeper of America’s lighthouse

Sally Snowman: Keeper of America’s lighthouse
Sally Snowman, keeper of Boston Lighthouse, lowers the American flag, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi) by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi The lighthouse stood tall atop the small rocky island in Boston’s outer harbor. Its profile against the horizon could be seen from a distance and grew larger...

Coast Guard establishes new product line in Portsmouth, Va.

Coast Guard establishes new product line in Portsmouth, Va.
Cmdr. Travis Rasmussen, Waterways Operations Product Line (WOPL) Manager in Portsmouth Virginia, speaks during a ceremony at Base Portsmouth, Sept. 7, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard established a new product line during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth Wednesday. The Waterways Operations Product Line (WOPL) was...

Coast Guard reopens ports following Hurricane Hermine

Coast Guard reopens ports following Hurricane Hermine
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coast Guard Captains of the Ports opene all commercial ports Saturday following Hurricane Hermine. The ports of Charleston, Brunswick, Savannah, coastal South Carolina and coastal Georgia have resumed normal operations. Hurricane Hermine is expected to continue to move northeast and degrade. Vessel and facility operators are recommended to exercise caution before entering a storm-damaged...

Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia relights Apra Harbor entrance buoy off Guam

Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia relights Apra Harbor entrance buoy off Guam
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia monitors a new Apra Outer Harbor Entrance Lighted Buoy No. 1 (LLNR 30690) while finishing touches are placed on the chain that connects it to its anchor rock off Guam, Aug. 26, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers/Released) by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers Water spews from a hole in the side of a massive green buoy as it is hauled...

Coast Guard to host annual Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard to host annual Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard 17th District is scheduled to host its annual Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau, Alaska, Aug. 15-19. This year’s roundup will include seven U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian buoy tenders, stationed throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest for five days of training and maintenance.  Participating are the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Maple, Hickory, Fir, Sycamore, Elderberry,...