Beacon of the Bay

Beacon of the Bay
Alcatraz Lighthouse on San Francisco Bay during sunrise, Oct. 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Robert Sevon) Story provided by Chief Petty Officer Robert Sevon, officer in charge of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco Whether you are a mariner, photographer, writer or tourist, there is no denying the strong allure of the lighthouse. The lighthouse demands your...

Coast Guard aids to navigation cleanup keeps the light on after storm

Coast Guard aids to navigation cleanup keeps the light on after storm
SEATTLE — Coast Guard Aids to Navigation crews are responding to several damaged navigational aids this week, following a week long storm that pummeled the Pacific Northwest coast. The ATON crews are working to repair or replace at least 10 affected aids to navigation to ensure safe and continued transit of commerce throughout the region. Multiple buoys, which can weigh more than 40,000 pounds each,...

Setting Buoys and Examples

Setting Buoys and Examples
Seaman Nicholas Craig, a crew member at Aids to Navigation Team Cape May, N.J. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef) Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Uniformity is widespread in the Coast Guard. From training techniques, to the members themselves, it’s often difficult to determine one individual from another when gazing through a sea of blue...

Coast Guard proposes disestablishment of Tawas Light, removal of Fresnel lens

Coast Guard proposes disestablishment of Tawas Light, removal of Fresnel lens
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to disestablish the aids-to-navigation light known as Tawas Light in Tawas Point Lighthouse in East Tawas, Michigan. The light is listed in the Light List, Volume VII Great Lakes, as number 11240. The current light is illuminated via a fourth order classical Fresnel lens. The Coast Guard intends to use a modern optic as the light signal and plans to place...

Coast Guard, Navy, City of Virginia Beach to remove buoy beached by Hurricane Joaquin

Coast Guard, Navy, City of Virginia Beach to remove buoy beached by Hurricane Joaquin
Green Marker Buoy 5 lays in the sand at the Chic’s Beach area of Virginia Beach, Va. two years ago on Oct 22, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Members from the Coast Guard, Navy and City of Virginia Beach are scheduled to remove a buoy Thursday that was beached along the shore of Virginia Beach following Hurricane Joaquin. Members from...

Great Lakes Coast Guard kicks off Operation Fall Retrieve

Great Lakes Coast Guard kicks off Operation Fall Retrieve
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw decommission the southern Lake Huron NOAA weather buoy at sunset Nov. 19, 2013.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Alderman) CLEVELAND — In anticipation of the coming ice season and to ensure the safety of vessels transiting the Great Lakes Basin, crews in the Coast Guard 9th District began today their annual retrieval...

Coast Guard, partner agencies welcome public to Maine Open Lighthouse Day

Coast Guard, partner agencies welcome public to Maine Open Lighthouse Day
PORTLAND — The Coast Guard, in partnership with the American Lighthouse Foundation and the Maine Office of Tourism, is inviting the public to visit and tour 23 Maine lighthouses Saturday as part of the 7th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day. The towers and keepers’ houses of the 23 Maine lighthouses from Biddeford to Maine will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided...

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis of Bellingham, seeks public comment

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis of Bellingham, seeks public comment
SEATTLE — Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system review of Bellingham. Officials are seeking information from local mariners regarding the general use of the waterways and any issues with the visibility, placement or location of aids to navigation in that area before the comment deadline of Nov. 30, 2015. The WAMS includes Bellingham...

Coast Guard crews salvage sunken buoys in Green Bay and Lake Michigan

Coast Guard crews salvage sunken buoys in Green Bay and Lake Michigan
Crew aboard the Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay retrieve multiple sinkers and flooded buoys Aug. 24, 2015, at Gravely Shoal buoy 4 in Lake Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Nathan Jones). CLEVELAND — Coast Guard crews recover 11 buoys and 13 sinkers with mooring chain ending a 5-day salvage operation Friday in Lake Michigan. Members of Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, a Coast Guard dive team...