Coast Guard to receive piece of history during ceremony in South Portland, Wednesday

USCGC Barataria (WAVP-381), later WHEC-381, sometime between 1949 and the Coast Guard's 1967 adoption of the "racing stripe" markings on its ships..
PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard will accept a piece of history into its artifact collection during a ceremony at Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

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.

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  1. David Gamage says:

    The Barataria along with the Cook Inlet and Coos Bay were Weather Ships home-ported at Portland, Maine. Each served three week stints at alternating patrol points or stations (formerly stations from north to south: Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog and Easy) in the North Atlantic where the ships served to collect and report weather data including from launched weather balloons, served as a navigation aid for aircraft in trans-Atlantic service and provided search and rescue service for ships and downed aircraft. My father served as a BM1 on the Barataria for sea duty required to qualify for BMC.. He had entered the CG as a surfman and wore an officer style dress uniform and cap thus there was some concern with what to do with him on the ship.

  2. Doug Rockney says:

    I served on the Barataria in1962 and 1963 as Damage controlman 3rd class. I would very much like to make contact with shipmates from that period. Please email me at Thank you!