United States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock makes a quick pass between Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island to place Peach Point Lighted Buoy R2 on Sunday morning.
CGC HOLLYHOCK is a 225 foot Seagoing Buoy Tender responsible for nearly 150 aids to navigation on the lower Great lakes. Built in 2003, the vessel replaced the WWII-era CGC BRAMBLE. CGC HOLLYHOCK’s missions are aids to navigation, search and rescue, environmental protection, and domestic ice-breaking.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter BRISTOL BAY (WTGB-102), a 140 foot ice-breaking tug, announced its position near Catawba Island at 2:46pm while servicing aids to navigation around the Erie Islands. At 4:12pm the vessel was removing Red Buoy 2 just north of Gibraltar Island. A short while later the ship reported its position near North Bass Island. According to the USCG Web, “CGC BRISTOL BAY became the first Bay Class tug to receive a barge specially designed to perform aids to navigation work. The 120 foot long barge works with the ship to service more than 160 aids to navigation each year.
Also dutifully at work removing harbor buoys were crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard BUSL 49424. This vessel is a 49 foot Buoy Utility Stern Loading vessel utilized to service aids to navigation. This class of coast guard vessel is relatively new; the first ones placed in service in 2001. The 49424 is assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 9th Coast Guard District headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Home-port is Detroit, Michigan.
The Neah Bay (WTGB-105) is a 140-foot Bay Class Ice-breaking Tug stationed in Cleveland, Ohio. She announced her arrival entering Lake Erie’s South Passage near Green Island around 5:40pm on Wednesday evening. The ship illuminated her running lights just beyond South Bass Island Lighthouse at 5:52pm. According to the USCG Ninth District’s Web site, “Unit missions include Ice-breaking, Homeland Security, Light House projects, Law Enforcement, and Public Affairs. The NEAH BAY serves throughout the entire Great Lakes system.”
United 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.
Put-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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