U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard vessels open for tour in Seattle Sunday

A crew member aboard the 52-foot Motor Life Boat Victory launches a training dummy into the water during a man overboard exercise in Yaquina Bay, Ore., April 9, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn.

SEATTLE – The U.S. Coast Guard 52-foot Motor Lifeboat Victory and a Canadian 62-foot Bay Class vessel will be at the Bell Harbor Marina, pier slips 12 and 14 in Seattle on June 9, 2019.

Both vessels will be available for public tours from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Built in 1956, the Victory is the oldest boat in the Coast Guard’s inventory,” said Lt. Cmdr. Scott McGrew, “At 63 years old, she’s eligible for social security, but can’t retire yet.

McGrew pointed out that these specialized lifeboats are just as essential to the Coast Guard’s response framework today as they were last century.

The 52-foot Motor Lifeboat is a heavy-weather vessel was built for operations on the large deep-water bars of the Pacific Northwest. Designed for towing up to 750 displacement tons, operating in 35-foot seas, hurricane force winds and up to 150 miles offshore, the vessels facilitate commerce and provide direct assistance to the large fishing fleet homeported in Washington and Oregon.

There are only four in the Coast Guard, all of which operate in the Pacific Northwest and are the only Coast Guard vessels under 65-feet that have names.

The Victory was featured on the television series Coast Guard Cape Disappointment/Pacific Northwest. That series focused on Coast Guard rescuers operating in extreme surf conditions on the river bars of Washington and Oregon, an area commonly referred to as “the graveyard of the Pacific.”

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