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BMC Stephen Prime USCG (ret) photo

WOODS HOLE BUOY 2



"Yes, we do de-ice buoys"
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Bill Collette photo

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Bill Collette photo

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Bill Collette photo

NANTUCKET LARGE NAVIGATIONAL BUOY (LNB)

Preparing the buoy for tow out to station.
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Ron Janard photo

LNB "B"

On station off Boston MA.
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R. Levesque photo

BLUNTS REEF & SAN FRANCISCO LNB
December 1970

CGC Comanche preparing to two the two buoys from Rodman CZ to California.

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R. Levesque collection

Yours truly (then RM1) aboard the Comanche off Central America with LNB's in tandem tow.
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R. Levesque photo

Colorful buoys aboard the CGC Chippewa at Paris Landing TN

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R. Levesque photo

Ready for the next trip aboard the CGC Chippewa Paris Landing TN
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R. Levesque painting

WHISTLE BUOY 1

This buoy was painted by me and is probably more accurately called Drakes Buoy Number One. I am sure that she is presently painted green with a radar reflector. This is how I remember her though when I was assigned to the Lifeboat Station. I had rounded her many times on the way to various calls for assistance. Frequently you could see a lazy seal that was resting on the cannister hatch covers "barking" at us as we passed. Sea Gulls always seemed to be present.
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Thomas F. Kirk ET2 USCG photo

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Thomas F. Kirk ET2 USCG photo

AN/SMT-1, NOMAD
October 1960

This photo, taken by Thomas F. Kirk, ET2, USCG, is the AN/SMT-1, NOMAD (Navy Oceanographic Meteorological Automatic Device) "weather buoy" which was launched from the USCGC Blackthorn. The Navy Oceanographic Meteorological Automatic Device (NOMAD) buoy was developed by the U.S. Navy (USN) in the late 1940s as an offshore autonomous meteorological platform. Between 1951 and 1970, 21 NOMAD buoys were built and deployed in a wide range of locations.

Tom goes on to say "The unique aspect of the anchoring of the buoy by the USCGC Blackthorn was that it was anchored in over 1000 fathoms of water (middle of the Gulf of Mexico). The anchoring was done with numerous sections of cable and nylon mooring line. Each section of the line was fabricated out of material with different densities so that it had "zero buoyancy" at the planned depth. The zero buoyancy was required otherwise the mooring line would have been so heavy it would have sunk the buoy. In addition, there were subsurface water thermometers to capture the temperature of the ocean at different depths".
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