Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle was supposed to go for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks down in the Coast Guard’s Baltimore Shipyard. 26 weeks later and a ginormous laundry list of unexpected repairs has the Grand Isle crew eager to get back in the water and home to Gloucester.
Chief, Response Department Thomas Morkan forwarded these pictures which will show you the repairs to the Grand Isle and the very next picture will be of the same exact position aboard sister ship The Jefferson Island for comparison’s sake.
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First Pic Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island
Aft Berthing Grand Isle- Racks Removed,Lockers Removed, 25% of Decking Removed
Picture Right- Same Space aboard the Grand Isle During It’s Overhaul
First Pic Engine Room Jefferson Island 28th September,2011
Second Pic Grand Isle Same View
Left Pic Jefferson Island Engine Room Aft View
Right Grand Isle Both MDE’s Removed, Both Generators Removed, Exhaust Removed
Left: Forward Passageway Jefferson Island
Right: Forward Passageway Grand Isle berthing stripped of racks and decking
Left:Jefferson Island Galley
Right: Grand Isle Galley- All Equipment and Storage Removed
Large Pieces Of Hull Plating On Gloucester’s USCG Cutter the Grand Isle Were Replaced One By One To Reduce Chances Of Hull Twist
Both Shafts and Props Were removed. Aft Steering Stripped (Steering Gear,Battery Chargers, AC System)
In Total More Than 500 Square Feet Of Hull Plating Replaced
All photos courtesy Chief, Response Department Thomas Morkan.
What many people may not know is that the entire crew of the Grand Isle has been removed from Gloucester and is with the Grand Isle in Baltimore. When they left they thought they were going for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks. Now going on 26 weeks they are most eager to return to their home port as our Gloucester USCG Cutter, The Grand Isle.
Stay tuned for updates to the overhaul and interviews with the crew, only here on www.goodmorninggloucester.com