USCG Cutter Hollyhock Places Peach Point Lighted Buoy

Coast Guard Cutter HollyhockUnited 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.


USCG Conducts Buoy Removal at Put-in-Bay

USCG Aids to NavigationU.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.USCG Aids to Navigation

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Courteous crew from USCG BUSL 49424

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USCG Aids to NavigationAlso 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.

USCG Cutter Plows Through South Passage

South Passage

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USCG Neah BayThe 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.”

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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.