It’s been 75 years since the wartime search and rescue efforts of the cutter Argo but it will forever remain a chapter in the saga of the long blue line. Cutters Argo and Thetis were part of a convoy off Cape May, New Jersey, when American tanker Camas Meadows steamed unescorted by an inexperienced crew, fatally rammed a Navy patrol gunboat. Argo’s officer of the day activated a search and rescue operation and rescued 23 survivors – 106 crew members of the Navy gunboat were lost.
In part 2 of Lt. Charles Winslow and Coast Guard Cutter Argo’s heroic actions, the crew of Argo conducted an extensive search-and-rescue effort saving survivors of the accident between Navy patrol gunboat USS St. Augustine after it collided with American tanker Camas Meadows. Argo continued to perform more heroic deeds when the Cuba-Florida Hurricane of 1944 hit. Read more to learn about Argo’s transition from Coast Guard cutter to New York tour boat.
Coast Guard Cutter Argo was the first in its class of 165-foot Coast Guard cutters put into service for prohibition enforcement in 1933. It was closely linked to Lt. Charles Eliot Winslow and bravely served throughout WWII. In part one of Argo’s story, the crew of the cutter witnessed an accident involving U.S. Navy patrol gunboat USS St. Augustine, and carried out an arduous search-and-rescue mission to save survivors of the accident.
Today we continue the story U.S. Coast Guardsman Eliot Winslow and Nazi Johann-Heinrich Fehler.
This is the tale of two combat captains. Each of them shared a love for the sea, the ability to command a crew under extreme conditions, and a loyalty to their nation and its wartime cause. But at the same time, they fought on opposing sides of World War II.