On Wednesday night the Coast Guard to was training off of Shore Road. Thank you Coast Guard
On Wednesday night the Coast Guard to was training off of Shore Road. Thank you Coast Guard
While I may not be an expert, I know enough about the Merchant Marines (and standard college tuition rates), to know that this is a pretty incredible opportunity…and an even better deal. Think hard about whether or not you may know someone who should take advantage of this….before this ship sails. This program is currently being offered to help find qualified marine engineers as a shortage of such individuals is becoming evident.
To summarize…this program, created by American Maritime Officers and the Seafarers International Union …is offering free training and tuition, room and board, travel expenses, medical insurance, an on-shore stipend, wages for time at sea, and more to qualified candidates to prepare them for a seafaring career. In just about 30 months, upon successful completion of the program and its phases, graduates will finish, qualified by the United States Coast Guard, and ready to sit for the Third Assistant Engineer exam. Upon passing the exam, a pretty sweet salary, a career at sea, and the opportunity to travel around the world, will be theirs.
Take a look at their brochure for much more information….and then share with someone who may be interested.
Also find more information at the link below…including an application
The application deadline for the class beginning in January of 2017 is August 8th, 2016.
Last week I did a post about our “Great Holiday Cookie Giveaway”. If you didn’t see it, check it out here. It is pretty sweet, if I do say so myself.
My students decided that it would be better to give than receive. They opted to skip the annual gingerbread house making for themselves and instead baked like crazy in class and at home. We then made a list of recipients and delivered holiday treats from Beverly to Ipswich to people whom our school is thankful for. We wish we could have made 100 more stops.
So, the other day, Finn finished his job. In addition to delivering cookies as a class on a school day, each child also brought a box of cookies home to deliver to someone special. Finn chose to deliver his to the Gloucester Coast Guard Station at Harbor Loop. You may remember that my boys have both loved and respected members of the Coast Guard for quite some time.
Here’s another post in case you want to read up on that….
So, here is Finn’s letter…and a photo of him delivering his treats to a Petty Officer.
BOSTON – The Coast Guard, Gloucester police, Marine Environmental Police, and the Gloucester Harbor Master are searching Saturday for a woman who may be missing near Smith Cove in Gloucester.
Missing is Suzan Nilsson, 56.
Gloucester police alerted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. to the situation. They relayed that Nilsson did not show up for work Saturday morning, and was last heard from via text message Friday night. Her belongings were found on the pier in Smith Cove.
A 29-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester and an MH-60 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod deployed to help search for the woman.
Anyone with information on Nilsson’s whereabouts is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector Boston at 617-223-5757.
This is a video I did about 11 years ago while working for the Virginian-Pilot and HamptonRoads.tv in Norfolk, Va.
An amazing friend and musician Todd “Tones” Jones produced and played on the track. He’s an amazing guitarist as you will hear. When I first heard this track, I immediately knew I had to create a Memorial Day tribute video. I filmed all the locations throughout the entire Hampton Roads area. (this was pre-HD, sorry) Please enjoy and share!
ARMY, NAVY, AIRFORCE, MARINES, COAST GUARD, NATIONAL GUARD…..THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
There have been some great posts (and gorgeous photos) about the USCG Cutter Grand Isle, its years of service, and the fact that it was decommissioned earlier this week.
This may sound silly, but here in Rockport, at our tiny little home, it was sad news.
My boys have loved that vessel since they could both say, “boat.” The several months that the Grand Isle left us back in 2011 for an overhaul in Baltimore were loooong months for Thatcher and Finn. Such a quirky thing, but they missed her presence in the harbor greatly.
Grown-ups do coffee runs…. Thatcher and Finn have asked me to do boat runs for as long as I can remember. I’ve written about this before, so forgive me if you read it, but for YEARS now, no matter the season, we have been doing the tour. “The tour?” You may ask. Well, it goes like this…. some time in the parking lot of Cape Ann Marina to see the shrink wrapped boats, or a drive by the docks to see those in the water, down the boulevard, past the Fishermen’s Wives Statue, a quick sit at the Man at the Wheel to watch whatever traffic may be going in or out of the harbor, through the fort, past St. Peter’s Square, check on some of the fishing fleet, look for the Privateer, check on the Lannon, down Washington Street to Harbor Loop, count the Coast Guard inflatables and grey 47-footers, see who is docked behind Captain Carlos, down to Cape Ann Whale Watch to see the Hurricane, and then on to the their Disney….The State Fish Pier. Each and every time…upon driving past Pratty’s, the boys would declare, “I think the Grand Isle is in!” or “I think the Grand Isle is out!” “What do you think, Mom?” They’d make me drive crazy slow to let the anticipation build until the nose of our Jeep would peak past the Environmental Police building to catch a glimpse…or not…of the mighty Grand Isle. It took a couple of years for them to realize that if they would just look up (at high tide anyway) they could see her yellow tower rising from the harbor…hence giving her away.
Thatcher, in particular, has been somewhat obsessed with the Coast Guard as a whole for years. I’ll never forget the day he was standing forever peering at the boats through the fence at Solomon Jacobs Park until a new hero, Petty Officer Bowen, came over and invited him into the fenced in area for a tour. Oh my, the smile! Petty Officer Bowen later shared with me, that having grown up in Chatham, he used to spend hours doing the very same thing. Kindred spirits, those two. I’m not sure he’s aware of the little fire that was lit in Thatcher that day. But I’m incredibly thankful for it.
As the love affair continued there would be more tours of the Coast Guard Station and vessels at Harbor Loop, a Coast Guard hat for his birthday, a Coast Guard shirt that reads, “Schrafft” and the year “2025”….as in the year Thatcher would be eligible for the academy, Coast Guard patches, and even a Coast Guard Halloween costume (loved that!). And then….there was the tour of the Grand Isle.
The boys couldn’t even believe their good fortune. They looked forward to the day for a couple of weeks….and then clammed up like crazy in the midst of all of the excitement….but, talked about it relentlessly for months afterwards. (Thanks, Cousin Rob!) They were so little then….yet, so in love with that boat.
As a parent, you never really know what your children will become passionate about. We have clocked hours sitting in the parking lot of the State Fish Pier just looking at the Grand Isle. During winter months, the boys would sip their hot chocolate after hockey practice. Summer months….there’d be smoothies. On so many of those days, my dad would happen to call and get a good chuckle upon asking, “What are you guys up to?” only to find out that we were sitting looking at her ….again.
I wouldn’t trade a single one of those seconds that I spent wondering who thought I was stalking them as we sat in front of her bow. I was always keenly aware that surely there was someone up in the pilot house thinking, “Yikes. There’s that Jeep again.” I was happiest when I could put the windows down so that the boys would be visible in the back seat.
So, Thank You, Grand Isle. Thank you for helping me foster something wonderful in my boys. Thank you for helping to spark their interest and for being the impetus for many valuable lessons. I know at least two little boys who will miss seeing you sit proud and strong in our waters.
Good morning, Joey,
Attached photo is one I’ve been searching for for three years and finally found it yesterday.
It was taken in 1923 at Coast Guard Base #7 in Gloucester. It shows 9 of the then new 75’ Coast Guard Patrol Boats (and a couple smaller older boats.
Those boats were assigned along the coast to chase and interdict the rum-rummers during Prohibition. Over 200 were built and assigned to CG stations on both coasts and later as Coast Guard and Navy patrol craft during WW-II. Photo credit, Library of Commerce.
I’m currently working on a painting which shows Bill (the real ) McCoy’s rum-runners Arethusa, a/k/a Tomoka jogging on Rum-Row off the New York-New Jersey coast under the watchful eye of one of these, CG-153. Hope you can use it.
Had a very nice visit yesterday at the gallery with Pete and Pam Beardes who had just arrived in Gloucester from Charleston, SC. Pete is an avid GMG FOB who was stationed here with the Coast Guard from 1986-88, during which time he painted the Annisquam Lightkeeper’s house (among other things). Enjoy your stay Pete and Pam, and come back soon!
While touring the USCG Barque Eagle yesterday, I was honored to meet Daniel Carmody….an original crew member of the Eagle in 1946.
I was humbled to be there to witness his homecoming and to have met him and his son.
Breaking: Gloucester police and Coast Guard to investigate death aboard F/V Osprey, arriving in Gloucester 3 p.m…. http://t.co/Z4E57lA7J3
— Gloucester Times (@GDTnews) July 7, 2013
Gloucester Fire Department – 2013 Champions
The Schooner Adventures is having water tight bulkheads installed to meet Coast Guard specifications.
They started by using a fiberoptic system to look between the ceiling and the hull to find the best locations for the bulkheads…
They had to insert dowels into strategic spots where water could flow between the ceiling and bulkhead. Then the construction
began. It is a very time consuming process as there are ne straight lines for the boards to attach. The guys are custom fitting
each board to snuggly fit the curves of the vessel. They are not being nailed into place but rather are precisely measuring,
cutting, and chiseling.
Most of us know that the first US Coast Guard Air Station was built on Ten Pound Island in Gloucester Harbor but the know-all be-all online encyclopedia, Wikipedia has it wrong. They wrongly state that the present Coast Guard Base on Harbor loop was built on the site of the first Coast Guard Air Station.
I’ve attached a picture of the first plane stationed on Ten Pound Island and of the fist Base Commander and Pilot to fly that plane. The two early Coast Guard aviators, pictured together in their flying gear on May 5, 1927, established the first successful U.S. Coast Guard air unit on Ten Pound Island, Gloucester, Mass., in 1925, using one Vought seaplane borrowed from the Navy. From left are Commander Carl C. von Paulsen who commanded Coast Guard Base 7, Gloucester, and the attached air unit (January 1925 to May 1928); and Ensign Leonard M. Melka who acted as pilot and mechanic.
I’ve asked Wikipedia to correct their error but,,,don’t hold your breath….There are several Coast Guard websites which will veryify that information including: http://www.uscg.mil/history/webaircraft/USCGAviationHistoricPhotoGallery1916-
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“Coast Guard Blaine Gallagher proposes to his girlfriend, Sarah Morris, in front of Motif #1 in Rockport Harbor. Gallagher pulled his boat up behind Bearskin Neck to surprise Morris at work. When she came out to say hello, Gallagher got down on one knee and pulled out the ring in front of her friends and Gallagher’s crew.”
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-
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