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Catching Up With the Progress On The Bow to Stern Overhaul of Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle
Huge thanks To Lieutenant Christjan Gaudio who is the Commanding Officer of the GRAND ISLE along with CWO Manny Munoz at Coast Guard Station Gloucester want to make our Coast Guard Station and Boats ingrained with the community, for you to feel welcome to ask questions and want you to know that they are here for you.
Lieutenant Gaudio forwards these photos and descriptions of the Grand Isle in the Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore MD.
The first is a picture of GRAND ISLE coming up off the pier for our fleeting (this is a water test where they placed us in the water to ensure that the hull settled out following the replacement of 550 square feet of hull).
The second picture is of the crew checking the seals and through hull fittings for leaks before being placed completely in the water
The third picture is of us being lifted off the pier.
The Grand Isle being pushed to the pier for the fleeting.
Some of Lieutenant Gaudio’s crew standing in front of our new props prior to going into the water for fleeting.
This is the barge used to lift 110 footer cutters out of the water.
BM1 Monaghan being awarded his permanent cutterman’s pin. This is a big moment in the professional life of a cutterman as it is symbolic of his attaining seniority in the service having accrued the sea time and professional competence necessary to be awarded the status of cutterman and to wear the cutterman’s pin permanently on his uniform.
Grand Isle going into the water for fleeting.
Grand Isle newly painted, going into the water.
Click here for a slide show of the Grand Isle from Photos I’ve taken over the past 4 years-
Where’s The Grand Isle Been? We Got The Pics From Gloucester’s Cutter Rebuild At The Coast Guard’s Baltimore Yard
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.
click the pictures for the larger versions
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
I wonder if the Coasties ever get to practice firing those guns that are all covered up in black sheathing.
Found This Video of the MK 38 25-mm machine gun bboard the Gloucester based USCG Cutter Grand Isle-
the video comes from pmfc611 on youtube
I took these pictures last year but never saw the gun in action (and hopefully never have to inside the harbor)
click the pic for full sized view
The United States Coast Guard had a change of command ceremony at the State Fish Pier Friday. The guns on the bow of the boat were uncovered. Usually they are covered up with some black material. The ship was also decked out in red white and blue.
I wonder if they come to a complete stop when they launch the smaller boat off the side or if they load up the crew and set her overboard while under power James Bond style!
This is a pretty picture (to me anyway) blown up. To see it full size, click the pic and select “all sizes”