From the Bridge Wing 8-25-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1945 – Coast Guard Cutter Magnolia was rammed amidships on 25 August 1945 by the cargo ship SS Marguerite Lehand off Mobile Bay.  She sank in two minutes and one of her crew, F1 Harold F. Harwell, was killed.  The other 49 were rescued.  Those survivors cross-decked to the new tender Coast Guard Cutter Salvia (WAGL-400) which then took Magnolia’s place. Although not a casualty of enemy actions, the Magnolia was the last Coast Guard ship sunk during World War II. More information on the sinking, and subsequent recovery visit the website put up by Survivor Ted A. Morris QM3/C USCGR

1950 – SS Benevolence collided with SS Mary Luckenbach.  Coast Guard Cutter Gresham and other vessels responded and rescued 407 persons.

1971 – The Secretary of Transportation announced the awarding of a contract to the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington, “to build the world’s most powerful icebreaker for the US Coast Guard,” Polar Star, the first of two “Polar-Class” icebreakers.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina made landfall between Hallandale Beach and Aventura, Florida, as a Category 1 hurricane.  Four days later it came ashore again near Empire, Buras and Boothville, Louisiana.  The rescue and response effort was one of the largest in Coast Guard history.

Elsewhere

Risk a fact of life for Coast Guard amid evolving procedures, technology – Press of Atlantic City

When the call comes in, as it did on a frigid April morning, rescue crews from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay are expected to be ready and underway within a half-hour.

Video

Proficiency: it’s the name of the game – Cremembers from Coast Guard Station Freeport conduct basic small boat training to sharpen their skills and train the station’s new arrivals. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lehmann

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