Coast Guard holds ribbon cutting ceremony for Station Menemsha Boathouse

The new Coast Guard Station Menemsha boat house on Martha’s Vineyard in Chilmark, Mass., is pictured April 9, 2015. The boat house replaces the previous boathouse that was destroyed in a fire in 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Lt. Karen Kutkiewicz)

The new Coast Guard Station Menemsha boat house on Martha’s Vineyard in Chilmark, Mass. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Lt. Karen Kutkiewicz)

CHILMARK, Massachusetts – The U.S. Coast Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Coast Guard Station Menemsha to mark the opening of a new boathouse on Martha’s Vineyard in Chilmark, Massachusetts.

The event unveils the new building after the old boathouse burned down on July 12, 2010. Attendees included U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, Coast Guard 1st District Commander Rear Adm. Linda Fagan, and Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Commander Capt. John Kondratowicz.

“The new boathouse has dramatically increased the readiness of Station Menemsha,” said Senior Chief Robert Riemer, the Station’s officer in charge. “The facility’s strategic design enables crews to effectively and efficiently conduct necessary boat maintenance. The addition of the boat ramp has also expedited launch and recovery of the 25-foot Response Boat Small. The station crew is excited to work in this great facility”.

The boat house replaces the previous boathouse that was destroyed in a fire on July 12, 2010.

Station Menemsha has two 47-foot Motor Life Boats and one 25-foot Response Boat Small. The station is comprised of 22 active duty members.

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