17 Abandon HMS Bounty off N.C. coast

The HMS Bounty which was the feature ship in Gloucester’s Schooner Festival Last Summer was taking on water out at sea and it’s 17 person crew just abandoned ship.

Uhmmm does this not beg the question-


Somebody’s got some splainin’ to do!

17 abandon stricken ship off N.C. coast

By NBC News staff

Seventeen people aboard a replica of the HMS Bounty abandoned ship early Monday while stranded at sea off the North Carolina coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a press release.

"The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The ship issued a distress signal late Sunday and was taking on water, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The owner of the 180-foot, three mast ship — which was built for the 1962 Marlon Brando movie, "Mutiny on the Bounty" — lost communication with the crew and alerted the Coast Guard to the situation.

Here she is when she arrived in Gloucester Last Summer-


UPDATE: Coast Guard responds to vessel in distress 160 miles from hurricane’s center

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has received word that the crew of the HMS Bounty has abandoned ship approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C., Monday.

The 17 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation and assess the weather conditions to determine the soonest Coast Guard aircraft or surface assets can be on scene to conduct effective rescue operations.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost communication with the vessel’s crew late Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.
An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and reestablished communications with the Bounty’s crew.
The vessel was reportedly taking on water and was without propulsion.  On scene weather is reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.

More Pictures of the HMS Bounty In Gloucester Last Summer-

Gloucester Welcomes HMS BOUNTY

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Marty Luster

HMS Bounty coming to the Gloucester Schooner Festival

Len Burgess Submits-

September 1st & 2nd.

HMS Bounty…at one with the sea…global voyager…movie star…dedicated to preserving the fine art of square-rigged sailing.

      The HMS Bounty is one of the most famous ships in the world. Known for the storied mutiny that took place in Tahiti in 1789 on board the British transport vessel, the current Bounty, a replica, has survived to tell the tale. Built for the 1962 movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” with Marlon Brando, HMS Bounty sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history. Since her debut in “Mutiny on the Bounty”, HMS Bounty has appeared in many documentaries and featured films such as the Edinburgh Trader in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Mans Chest with Johnny Depp.


U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Crews Medically Evacuate Crewman from Gloucester Dragger Grace Marie

CAPE COD BAY, Mass. – U.S. Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a crewman from the Gloucester, Mass., based fishing vessel Grace Marie 10-miles north of Provincetown, Mass., Dec. 30, 2010.

Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a report from the Grace Marie captain that a 52-year old male had sustained an arm injury at approximately 11 p.m.

A HH-60 rescue helicopter crew, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Provincetown and the 87-foot Patrol Boat Tiger Shark launched immediately to aid the injured man.

A boarding team from the Tiger Shark stabilized the man and transferred him to the 47-foot Motor Life Boat to be hoisted by the helicopter crew at 12 a.m.

The man was transported by the helicopter crew to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Paul Frontiero Photo-


This past June The Grace Marie Was Towed  178 By The Coast Guard as reported in this story

United States Coast Guard 47′ Motor Lifeboat Video

Taken from the dock

From The USCG Website-
The 47′ motor lifeboat is designed as a first response rescue resource in high seas, surf & heavy weather environments. They are built to withstand the most severe conditions at sea and are capable of effecting a rescue at sea even under the most difficult circumstances. They are self-bailing, self-righting, almost unsinkable, and have a long cruising radius for their size. It is the replacement for the aging 44′ MLB fleet.
Length: 47 feet
Special Characteristics: Self-righting
(if overturned, the vessel will return to an upright position in 30 seconds or less)

Grace Marie Being Towed By Coast Guarg 178 Miles

Paul Frontiero photo

BOSTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is towing the fishing vessel Grace Marie to Provincetown and plans to arrive around 6 p.m., today.

The Grace Marie, a 65-foot Gloucester-based fishing vessel, was reported to be adrift without engine power on the southeast section of Georges Bank.

The crew of the Escanaba responded to the Grace Marie 150 miles east of Nantucket, Mass., Wednesday June 09, 2010.

The Escanaba arrived on scene just before sunset and quickly took the fishing vessel in tow. The Escanaba plans to tow the Grace Marie about 178 miles to just north of Provincetown, Mass., where they will be relieved by the fishing vessel Christine Elani.

Once the tow is complete, it will have lasted around 21 hours through gale force winds.

The Escanaba is a 270- foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston.


Survival Suit Demonstration Video at US Coast Guard Station Gloucester

During Fishing Family and Friends Health and Safety Day at US Coast Guard Station Gloucester Marine Technician Second Class Jim demonstrates the parts of a survival suit.

Fishing Boat Safety Demo Video at The Gloucester United States Coast Guard Station

Showing the effects of ice and the proper way to secure an even load of fish during rough seas.

Click the picture to watch the video

New United States Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter

This new generation of Coast Guard Cutters is pretty Bad-Ass!

Fast Response Cutter – Sentinel Class

Artist Rendering of the Fast Response Cutter – Sentinel Class. (Courtesy of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.)
The Coast Guard was conceived in 1787, when America’s first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, wrote “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at entrances to our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of our laws.”

The Fast Response Cutter (FRC), a new generation of Coast Guard patrol boats, will continue the Coast Guard’s long history of protecting America’s citizens, assets and interests at home and abroad. The first FRC will be named the Coast Guard Cutter Sentinel, with the official class designation as the “Sentinel” class. Learn more about the FRC

Latest News Releases

U.S. Coast Guard Participated in Keel Laying Ceremony for first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter

The U.S. Coast Guard participated in a keel laying ceremony for the first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Friday, April 9, at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, La.

Sentinel Class Patrol Boat : Project Description

The Sentinel Class patrol boat project will deliver vital capability to the Coast Guard, helping to meet the service’s need for additional patrol boats. The current patrol boat gap hinders the Coast Guard’s ability to successfully and efficiently complete all potential missions, and this critical FRC acquisition will help address these identified needs.


The Sentinel Class patrol boat will be 154 feet long, capable of speeds of 28 plus knots, armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns, and crew capabilities to hold 22 people. It will be able to perform independently for a minimum of 5 days at sea, and be underway for 2,500 hours per year.

The C4ISR systems on the Sentinel Class patrol boat will be fully interoperable with not only the Coast Guard’s existing and future assets, but those of our partners in the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

Click the pic below for the detailed plans full sized-

click this picture for the full sized plans
click picture for full sized plans


Class name:  “Sentinel” Class
Quantity: up to 34 cutters
Manufacturer: Bollinger Shipyards Inc.
Parent Craft Designer: Damen
Classification:  American Bureau of Shipping High-Speed Naval Craft Guide
Length: 154 feet
Beam: 25.4 feet
Displacement: 353 metric tons
Speed: 28+ knots
Endurance:  5 days
Sea Keeping: Conduct all missions thru SS4.  Survive thru SS6.
Crew:  22 (2 officers, 20 enlisted)
Armament: one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun; four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns
DOD and DHS Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Equipment
Service Life:  20 years
First Delivery Date: Late 2010 (Q1 FY

Cmdr. Edward Westfall of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Discusses the towing of the Michael and Kristen

Cmdr. Edward Westfall, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, discusses the towing of disabled Gloucester, Mass.-based lobster boat, Michael and Kristen, Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. The master of the 77-foot lobster boat called for help at about 3:30 p.m., Wednesday when the boat’s engines wouldn’t start more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass. Coast Guard audio by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Click this pic to see the video-

USCG Pic Of The Cutter Escanaba Tilted Way Over as It Approaches The Michael and Kristen

Thanks to Universal Hub for the link-

Here is The USCG website report-

click this photo for the USCG Website

BOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is continuing to tow the Gloucester-based lobster boat that was disabled Wednesday with five people aboard more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass.

Ten to 15-foot seas and 38 mph winds are keeping the Escanaba’s towing speed at about 4 mph.

The crew of the Escanaba is working with the First District command center staff in Boston to determine the safest location to tow the Michael and Kristen to.

The master of the 77-foot lobster boat called for help at about 3:30 p.m., Wednesday when the boat’s engines wouldn’t start. The Rachel Leah, another fishing vessel in the area, answered the calls for help and began towing the Michael and Kristen. The Escanaba met both vessels around 9:30 p.m., Wednesday and stayed with them through the night.

Thursday morning the Rachel Leah’s towline parted, so the Escanaba took over and the Rachel Leah departed.

The original press release can be found here: https://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/778/430007/

Grand Isle- USCG

The United States Coast Guard had a change of command ceremony at the State Fish Pier Friday.  The guns on the bow of the boat were uncovered.  Usually they are covered up with some black material.  The ship was also decked out in red white and blue.

Grand Isle- USCG, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

USCG Grand Isle Decked Out For Change Of Command Ceremony
USCG Grand Isle Decked Out For Change Of Command Ceremony
USCG Grand Isle
USCG Grand Isle

United States Coast Guard Grand Isle 4:55AM 4/20/09

I wonder if they come to a complete stop when they launch the smaller boat off the side or if they load up the crew and set her overboard while under power James Bond style!

United States Coast Guard Grand Isle 4:55AM 4/20/09

This is a pretty picture (to me anyway) blown up.  To see it full size, click the pic and select “all sizes”