Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn memorial ceremony

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chief Warrant Officer Michael Tomasi, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, renders a salute during the 31st anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn ceremony Jan. 28, 2011, in St. Petersburg. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –  Coast Guardsmen, survivors, family members, and community...

Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn memorial service to be held Friday

USCG File PhotoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The public is invited to attend the 31st anniversary memorial service of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision at 11 a.m., Friday, at Blackthorn Memorial Park off Interstate 275. The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan 28, 1980. Twenty-three of the Blackthorn’s 50 crewmembers lost their...