Before gold dredging pioneers can seek out their lucky cache of treasures on the Bering Sea floor, gold dredgers much have a safety inspection done on their vessels. A team of Coast Guard members annually visits the small town of Nome, Alaska, to provide inspections to maintain vessel safety and answer questions. This summer, the team inspected almost 20 gold dredgers in one week early this summer and went back for more in July. The Coast Guard also works with partners from the Department of Natural Resources to ensure safety of the dredgers and fishermen alike.
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The Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, homeported in Seattle, and its 180 crew members embark every year on their Alaskan patrol from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the nation’s top fishing port. The Mellon and its crew divide their patrols between the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Mexico and Guatemala. In the Eastern Pacific, offshore South America, the crew interdicts drug smugglers in the Joint Interagency Task Force – South area of responsibility.
In the Bering Sea, the Mellon crew keeps a lookout for mariners in distress and enforces laws and regulations related to the preservation of U.S. fisheries stocks.
Like many Coast Guard cutters before it, the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley has a storied history and decades of service behind it. The vessel might have 49 years of wear and tear to show for it but, just like a grumpy old bulldog, the crews who maintain it and come to understand its quirks know the cutter will remain loyal and true to the Coast Guard’s mission to save lives and protect U.S. shores.
A true link in The Long Blue Line, Revenue Cutter Service officer David Jarvis led one of the most unusual rescue efforts in Alaska, diverting from the usual Coast Guard elements of coastal waters and open ocean. His memory lives on in the history and heritage of the Coast Guard and the State of Alaska.
Zach Lederer was 18 when he stared defiantly at a camera and flexed his muscles. The pose, so common in weight rooms and sporting complexes, was a rare sight where he sat – a hospital bed. Lederer, diagnosed with brain cancer for the second time in his life, had just undergone brain surgery in January 2012. Doctors were able to remove part of a cancerous tumor and just an hour out of surgery he wanted to show strength. The single image has inspired thousands around the world. Of those thousands was the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Munro.
In 1867 the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor service to the U.S. Coast Guard, transported the first federal officials to the territory of Alaska. From this modest beginning, cutters would eventually sail into the Arctic and the Bering Sea to protect the sea and those on it. Thus, “The Bering Sea Patrol” was born. Today, Coast Guard men and women continue to sail the Bering’s frigid waters, from the Akutan to the Pribilofs. It takes a certain type of sailor to perform operations in these waters; Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Valdes is one such Coast Guardsman.
It’s no secret the remote but vibrant Aleutian city of Unalaska is home to many treasures of Coast Guard lore, yet one of the most prominent would seem unlikely: A piano. This piano is so important the crew from Coast Guard Cutter Munro gathered in their service dress blues at the house of City Councilwomen Zoya Johnson just to see it. Johnson generously opened her home so guests could gather around the piano keys and give a showing of the Coast Guard’s hymn, “Semper Paratus.” The musical selection was not only fitting for the company; it was on Johnson’s piano, in the Summer of 1926, that “Semper Paratus” was first composed!
Forty miles southwest of the Pribilof Islands, Coast Guard Cutter Munro navigated shifting ice fields to close on the Bering Sea’s largest fishing fleet. Arctic winds whipped through the bridge’s opened door at sunrise while crewmembers cleaved ice on the forecastle and engineers looked over the ready boat to make sure its systems wouldn’t freeze up. These frozen conditions don’t sound ideal for most people. Then again, most people aren’t crewmembers aboard Munro.
Coast Guard Cutter Storis is truly a magnificent ship. The accomplishments in her service record have secured her a permanent place in Coast Guard, American and maritime history. This fact was recently evidenced in December 2012 when the National Park Service officially listed her in the National Register of Historic Places.
To put this listing into perspective, there have been more than 1,567 commissioned cutters to serve in the Revenue Marine, Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Coast Guard. Out of all of these cutters, Storis now joins Eagle, Ingham, Mclane and Taney as the only five non-tenders to be listed as National Historic Places.
The TerriGail had five crewmen who were safely hoisted by a Kodiak-based HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew before the vessel grounded. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska. What’s it like to be part of a Coast Guard aircrew? In short, it is a privilege. Few people will ever get the opportunity to