A wooden model of the Coast Guard Cutter Barataria (WAVP-381) will be donated by Bill Mancini of Gray, Maine, a former Coast Guard Radioman and grandson of the model-maker, the late Coast Guard Master Chief Engineman William Mitchell.
The model will be accepted into the Coast Guard artifact collection as a heritage asset and kept on display at Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine.
The Barataria was a 311-foot Casco-class Small Seaplane Tender commissioned by the Navy in 1944 and transferred to the Coast Guard in 1949. The cutter was homeported in Portland, Maine from 1949 to January 1968 and used for law enforcement and search and rescue in the North Atlantic. In 1967, Barataria was assigned to the Coast Guard Squadron Three, under the Navy’s Seventh Fleet, and was among the first wave of large Coast Guard cutters deployed to Vietnam. Barataria patrolled the coastline of South Vietnam, supplying naval gunfire support missions and prevented infiltrations by communist forces attempting to re-supply Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units in the south. Barataria returned to the United States in January 1968 and was decommissioned in August 1969.