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Stories by Ron J .......
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: February 20, 2009 02:37PM
Thanks RJ!



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/20/2009 10:15PM by Wayne in BC.

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"47255"
Posted by: Ron J
Date: February 09, 2009 08:25PM
The first week of February sure flew by fast, I could hardly wait for the weekend to arrive. I had received an invite to tour, Boston Coast Guard Base, by a personal friend, who is active Coast Guard. The Chief knows my interest of the Coast Guard, and he would be on duty Saturday. Well at 08:30, (another friend, who is also one of my Master techs,) Phil and I arrived at the guarded gates. We made a call, and the Chief sent a young enlistee down with a pass to let us enter the base. I never thought i would be on the premises! A week before, i had been snooping around Boston, and had walked along a harbor walk in extremely cold weather, to seek a picture of a Cutter,i had viewed from a distance. And here, now, i am standing almost on top of it! But that is another story! During my tour, we entered a large building, where they overhaul the smaller craft. As we entered there on a trailer, was a 47 footer! Partially stripped for overhaul. I have seen many different 47's in the water. Even went on patrol on one, out of Gloucester prior to 911! Again courtesy of the Chief. Well i got the camera hopping...here being overhauled is "47255". The 47 being the length, the 255, being the sequential production number. This patrol boat had been stationed in Newburyport, at Merrimack River Station, as seen on the stern. I searched my photograph listing, and sure enough i had a few pictures while she was on duty back in 2007. Notice the rubber rails are off, so the hull can be inspected for corrosion, cleaned and prepped to stop further corrosion.The shafts and props are removed, and from the looks of the turbo and intakes,laying around, i assumed the engines were removed for overhaul also. Here she is on the job in 2007!


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Thank you RJ! .........
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: February 09, 2009 10:13PM
been busy and just got both your photo essays read and really enjoyed them, nobody does it better! :super:



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glad you were able to get in
Posted by: david(tx)
Date: February 10, 2009 04:39PM
she looks better in the water:smile:.the coast guard guys get a treat,it would be extremely hard for a civilian to maintain a ship like that,at least cost wise.better enjoy it while the can.

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Wish that I could be there with you. I would love to refurbish an old boat!!!N/T
Posted by: Mikie
Date: February 10, 2009 06:14PM

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:usaflag:Unexpected Expectations.... Triplets!
Posted by: Ron J
Date: February 11, 2009 06:55PM
Sorry bout the title, but couldn't resist:D I am not talking babies of course, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say! (This is kind of a follow up story from my C.G. Boston, visit.) I had snooped around Boston docks a couple of weeks ago, as i may have mentioned. At that time there was only 1 CG Cutter in port at the Boston Location. I got a few good shots, along the harbor walkways, never in a million years, knowing that the following week, i would actually be invited on the Base, itself! The #907 "Escanaba". Last week could not of gone by any slower, i was so anxious for Saturday to come. I didn't know what to expect, and was hoping at least that this vessel, may still be in port. When i entered the gates, after getting the Pass, as i mentioned in the earlier story, i was quite thrilled to see not only one Cutter, but two! The Second was the #906, "Seneca" docked at the next dock. I have since learned, she had just come in from a tour on the previous Wednesday. But before i could get closer views of these two babies, i was escorted into headquarters, to meet my good friend, Chief B. The Chief gave me and Phil , a brief tour of the building, his personal office, and another area, which had some real goodies on display, a Fresnel lense, a ships bell, a Lyle Cannon etc. I didn't expect to see these items here, but enjoyed seeing them. Within headquarters looking out over the entire premises, was quite a site. Overlooking the Boston Harbor, The Frigate Constitution, (Old Ironsides), Bunker Hill, and the yard itself, full of Channel Marker buoys, smaller tenders, and the two Cutters. What a view! While enjoying the view from different floor levels, as we were guided by the Chief, in comes a Third Cutter, with a Tug cruising close to her side. We stopped to see her dock, between the other two of her kind. She came to a full stop, swung around a bit, pulled in Bow first, slowly, snuggling up to the dock, with the ever presence of the Tug. Finally berthed, the Tug giving a little nudge, keeping her tight against the dock, so the lines could be snugged properly. What a sight, now, Three, 270 foot Cutters, side by side. No big deal to those stationed here, but it was to me! The Chief informed me, this class of vessel is older, being built in the 60's, but updated continually, is going to be phased out,with an updated, more modern vessel. I'm sure, faster, more economical, and more computerized! The Third vessel , #909 "Campbell" is out of Portsmouth Naval Base, in Kittery Maine. Ironically i was there about 3 or 4 weeks ago, snapping pictures, from across Portsmouth Harbor, again, not expecting to see the same vessel in Boston! So...Here they are together.. This building was built to look like the Bridge of a ship... And here is a Buoy "farm" where they are refurbished for a tough duty, guiding Mariners into the proper Channels! Remember...... Right / Red / Return !! A little history about the "ESCANABA" ......She is the second vessel to earn the distinction of bearing the name. Her predecessor was built in 1932 in Michigan. Derived from the Native American word, meaning "flat rock, named for the city and river, ESCANABA . During WWII June 13, 1943,she was lost with all hands in the Atlantic, except for two mighty lucky crewmembers!! Seaman First Class Raymond O'Malley and Boatswains Mate Second Class Melvin Baldwin. 101 men lost!! All that remains of her, is the Mast, a Lifeboat, and couple of smaller items, on display in the City of Grand Haven, as part of a Memorial. Her namesake carries on traditions... The Newer "Escanaba" recalls the heroic actions of the predecessor with the ship's motto "The Spirit Lives On" . With this in mind, a special tradition is upheld around the motto. Every year on that anniversary of the sinking, the entire ships crew assembles on deck for ceremony honoring the sacrifice of the first "Escanaba's" crew. The same day, the current Captain of the "Escanaba" calls either by phone or radio, the remaining survivor , Mr. Raymond O'Malley, whether at Sea or Port, to report to Mr. O'Malley , the health of the crew, the ship, and to their commitment that "The Spirit Lives On"! Now that i must say is ALL AMERICAN!:usaflag:



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some industrial sized buoys,at least by standards around here:smile:
Posted by: david(tx)
Date: February 11, 2009 08:12PM
looks like it was a beautiful day to get out and enjoy your tour of the place.sounds like 40 or 50 years of service and they are ready to be phased out.wonder if the sell them to civilians or foreign governments when they are finished?guess it depends.



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Beautiful sight Ron.. Those are great ships and they can handle all manner of weather. .. How goes the plowing??N/T
Posted by: Mikie
Date: February 12, 2009 08:24AM

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:usaflag:Mystery Boat....
Posted by: Ron J
Date: February 09, 2009 07:26PM
For the last 4 or 5 years, this vessel has always intrigued me...I know from just looking at it, its no doubt an old Coast Guard Cutter or Patrol Boat. During past visits to Gloucester, i make it a point to visit the Harbor, see whats new or old, whats in Port etc. Gloucester Harbor is an old Seaport, and they boast that it is the oldest Seaport! This is how you pronounce Gloucester.... Gloucester Harbor is a large one, with a good size fleet still existing, but hurting. Too many restrictions on fishing. I may have posted a picture or two of this vessel before, but don't think so. This vessel made the Gloucester Newspaper last summer. The owner was trying to get a mooring in an area, designated for smaller vessels, so it was denied. Dock Space is expensive..could be $95 per foot, minimum on up! A mooring may only cost a one time fee, for the Mooring itself,(1000 to 1500) with a yearly fee of $100 or so. Well anyway, most any time i have seen this boat it was always at a distance,somewhere in the harbor, or at a dock, without access. The closest i came to it, was during a Whale Watch trip i took, we passed by it, but at a distance. Here it is, tied up at the end of a dock, with "No Trespassing" or Employee's Only" signs here and there. I wanted close-up shots, here was my chance! Although i would need to watch most every step, between snow, ice, and Seagull poop, the latter being the worst, i could only slip and break my neck, fall overboard or get thrown out! :D In which case, maybe they would believe i, "no speaka the anglash" or "no can raeda anglash"? I needed to take the chance,and i did! Seeing her from a distance, i was always puzzled why the owner had spent a lot of time an effort to strip the hull bare, he left the white paint on the bow? Now i see why, he was following her beautiful lines... The white area appears doubled hulled for strength, possibly to break thin ice, during her career? Looking at the hull, and transom area, there is a lot of work ahead for the owner. There is some rot, some boards will need replacement, but the greatest asset, is she is FLOATING! Most older wooden boats, specially this big, usually end up sitting in a yard, abandoned and rot away. I have never seen her underway,but i assume she is still powered and running. Note the heavy duty hardware, a winch on the bow, davits on the transom,hoist on the stern. I would love to own this vessel, but even if it were available, assuming i could afford it, upkeep would be endless. kind of like a carpenter building his own house, while still employed...endless, and deep pockets! I still did not have a shot of the complete vessel. I walked back, and then to the next dock. This dock was blocked by a building, with about 3 feet of space around the perimeter. Again, "NO Trespassing" signs everywhere. One side was lined with fishing vessels,walkway covered with more dangerous ice than before. What the heck, i am here, go for it! As i got closer to the rear of the building, there were more and more "NO TRESPASSING" signs every where, or maybe they said "WELCOME"? Anyway, for those few moments, "I no speaka or reada anglish". Finally, a good shot of the complete boat.Perhaps someday i can meet the owner,and get a personal tour? attachment 117513 DSC07404.jpg]



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Nice!! What a money hole that gal is!! Very expensive to maintainN/T
Posted by: Royal
Date: February 09, 2009 07:35PM

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Ron, could someone drive that boat across the ocean? ...................
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: February 09, 2009 08:12PM
It appears to me that someone would have to be wealthy to own that boat...lots of maintence work. A single person would have to work full time on the maintence of that boat, and I think that the fun would soon disappear. I agree with you, it is a beautiful boat. Please have a great day! Kelley (Texas) :)



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Don't see why not. Of course larger fuel tanks, would be needed!N/T
Posted by: Ron J
Date: February 09, 2009 08:28PM

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Re: Mystery Boat....
Posted by: Cupajo
Date: February 10, 2009 05:55AM
And Bill Gates' bank account!!

Great pics!

Worth skating out there!

Thanks Friend!



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looks like the cabin size
Posted by: david(tx)
Date: February 10, 2009 04:33PM
meant they could stay out at sea for a while to fish.interesting ron.

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That is a magnificent boat.. It would lovely to own.... but far too expensive for me to run!!N/T
Posted by: Mikie
Date: February 10, 2009 06:16PM

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