Coast Guard, USS Pampanito partner to preserve history

Crew members from Coast Guard Station San Francisco replace aging mooring lines at the historic USS Pampanito Aug. 2, 2017 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The Coast Guard crew donated several months of their time and expertise to unspool, cut, splice eyes in one end and seize the other ends of 12 mooring lines, a total of approximately 1,000 feet of line. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall)

Crew members from Coast Guard Station San Francisco replace aging mooring lines at the historic USS Pampanito Aug. 2, 2017 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard replaced the mooring lines on the USS Pampanito, the World War II submarine museum and memorial moored at Pier 45, in a public event at Fisherman’s Wharf, Wednesday morning.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station San Francisco began the project in May after volunteers at the Pampanito requested help splicing and replacing the decade-old mooring lines.

The crew then unspooled, cut and spliced each line to create three-foot eyes in one end and seized the other end to prevent fraying.

“Splicing the lines took a few months of work and advanced seamanship, but the crew was happy to provide our time and skills to the project,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Greg Via, the officer in charge at Station San Francisco. “Although the Coast Guard is a global organization, we maintain strong ties within our local communities through partnerships like the Pampanito.”

The crew spliced a total of 12 mooring lines, which equaled more than 1,000 feet of line, to keep the USS Pampanito secured alongside Pier 45.

The line used was donated by a fiber-roper manufacturer specifically for the replacement project.

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