USCG Buoy Tender Hollyhock Works Bass Islands

USCG Buoy Tender HolllyhockUnited States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock / 214 spent Tuesday night at Fox’s Dock, Put-in-Bay.  The 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender is responsible for nearly 150 aids-to-navigation on the lower Great Lakes. Built in 2003 to replace the WWII-era USCGC BRAMBLE, the USCGC HOLLYHOCK’s primary missions are aids-to-navigation (maintenance, removal and replacement), search and rescue, environmental protection and domestic ice-breaking. The vessel is setting aids to navigation in the waters around the Bass Islands.  At 9 a.m. Wednesday, the cutter departed Put-in-Bay; twenty-two minutes later it reported a position off the east side of Middle Bass Island, where it was preparing to  set G “1” Lighted Bell.

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Fire Department and Coast Guard Conduct Joint Ice Rescue Training Exercise

Put in Bay Volunteer Fire DepartmentPut-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department members and Station Marblehead USCG performed ice rescue training at “A-dock” on Saturday afternoon.  The session started at the Fire Station with practice donning the rescue suits and a brief introductory meeting; PVFD times ranged from 35 to 50 seconds.  Training then shifted to ice-holes created by the bubblers along the finger piers of “A-dock.”  USCG rescue trainers demonstrated proper procedures with a variety of safety equipment as VFD participants pretended to be ice-accident victims.

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Marblehead Coast Guard on Lake Erie Ice Patrol

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Members of the USCG Station Marblehead Ice-Boat Crew enjoy a brief respite.

Servicemen from the USCG Station Marblehead braved the elements this afternoon to “see to the safety of ice fishermen around the Bass Islands.”  The unit came around the west side of South Bass Island and reported no issues of concern, though the ride was bumpy, the air temperature hovered around 14ºF, and the wind blew at 23 knots out of the WNW.  A brief stop at Tipper’s Restaurant, Put-in-Bay, commenced after securing the vessel alongside “C” Dock in the harbor.  The return route to Marblehead was planned for the waters between Kelleys Island and South Bass Island.  The Marblehead Station is responsible for approximately 458 square miles of Lake Erie.

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Put in Bay Fire Department

Doug Wilhelm identifies USCG ice-boat at the end of “C” Dock.

Put-in-Bay Fire Department Co-Chief Doug Wilhelm examined the ice-boat and said he would check with the Marblehead Unit to learn additional safety suggestions and procedures.  He advised that the public stay attentive when on the ice, and that a survival suit, a cellular telephone or marine radio, a compass, and notifying friends of one’s intentions were essential to winter safety.

“Islander” Passes 5-Year Hull Inspection

Miller Boat LineMiller Boat Line retrieved the “Islander” from Great Lakes Shipyard on Friday, 1 December 2017, after the vessel passed its USCG 5-year hull integrity inspection.  The ship received two new propellers and bearings, and a fresh coat of black bottom paint.

Captains David Dress and Bob Stausmire took turns at the helm, while Jake Market and Tom Chrysler monitored the engine room and completed assorted tasks.  Miller Ferry deckLight winds (shifting from west to east-south-east), bright sunshine, and calm seas created a pleasant atmosphere for the five-hour journey from Cleveland to Put-in-Bay.Miller Ferry engine roomMiller Boat LineCleveland Harbor

On-board Photos courtesy of Tom Chrysler

“Mighty Mac” Docks at Put-in-Bay

USCGC 30 MackinawUnited States Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw (WLBB-30) settled in for a weekend visit to Put-in-Bay on Saturday evening, 8 July 2017.  Affectionately called “Mighty Mac,” the vessel is the largest Coast Guard icebreaker on the Great Lakes.  According to reporter Nathan Comar, of Michigan HistoryUSCGC 30 Mackinaw Upper Great Lakes (MHUGL), “At a length of 240 feet, the Mackinaw can cut through 42 inches of solid ice and over 12 feet of brash ice. The Cutter serves many purposes, including buoy tending, domestic ice breaking, law enforcement, environmental response, aids to navigation, and search and rescue.”

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Length…240 feet, Beam…58 feet, Draft (full)…16 feet, Displacement (full)…3,350 tons, Range at 12 knots…4000 nautical miles, Officers…9, Crew…47

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