Tag: Escanaba

The Long Blue Line: 75 years ago – Escanaba rescues hundreds then perishes

Cutter Escanaba breaks ice early in its career on the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Guard Collection.

Following a U-boat attack of the passenger steamer Cherokee, Lt. Robert “Bob” Prause, Jr., developed a cold-water rescue system of tethered rescue swimmers equipped with rubber exposure suits. These came in handy later when the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was hit by a torpedo in icy waters between Newfoundland and Greenland in 1943. Prause’s system was one of the Coast Guard’s first successful cold-water rescue methods.