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USCG photo Courtesy of Ernie Ritzmann

F/V MISS CONSTANCE sinking
November 30, 1955

The fishing vessel MISS CONSTANCE, with two men aboard called for help Wednesday morning (30 Nov. 1955) stating the vessel was sinking, 10 to 15 miles northeast of Trinity Shoals. A Coast Guard plane was dispatched immediately from the Coast Guard Air Detatchment at Biloxi, Miss. to drop a life raft if necessary and to assist in any other way possible. Other fishing boats near the MISS CONSTANCE also proceeded to her assistance. The two crewmen, George Paul and Ernest Paul of Morgan City were removed safely by the fishing vessel McDAVID before the MISS CONSTANCE sant at 12:23pm. The McDAVID is returning the men to Morgan City, Louisiana. The two crewmen can be seen on the stern of the sinking vessel. (USCG)
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SS HELGA BOLTEN
OCTOBER 30, 1956

Photo made from the U.S.Coast Guard Cutter CHINCOTEAGUE which rescued the German ship HELGA BOLTEN's crew of 32 men and one woman radio operator, Oct 30, 1956. Shown in this photo is the HELGA BOLTEN wallowing in heavy seas, 400 miles east-southeast of Cape Race Newfoundland. (USCG) Note the crew preparing to abandon ship amidships.
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SS ELNA II & SS MISSION SAN FRANCISCO TAO-123
March 7, 1957

As the crushed bow of the Liberian freighter ELNA II smolders in the foreground, the burning Navy gasoline tanker MISSION OF SAN FRANCISCO slowly sinks in the background.
The two vessels collided March 7, 1957 in the Delaware River with a loss of ten lives from the Navy tanker. The Coast Guard, which transported fifty-nine survivors from the MISSION OF SAN FRANCISCO, futiley battled the blaze for five hours before the tanker sank. (USCG)
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USCG PHOTO

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USCG PHOTO

SS SANTA ROSA & SS VALCHEM
MARCH 26, 1959

A wide and deep hole, 40 feet from the stern of the American tanker VALCHEM, marks the spot of collision with the American passenger ship SANTA ROSA. The two vessels collided 22 miles east of Atlantic City, N.J. on March 26, 1959. The cavity extends halfway into the tanker and caused flooding of the lower engine room with resultant loss of power.
Two boilers were also demolished and the stack and adjacent ventilators were scooped off the tank by the SANTA ROSA's bow where they came to rest. One crewman from the tanker was killed, three were missing and presumed lost and 16 were injured. No one was injured on the liner. Commercial tugs towed the tanker to safety. (USCG)
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Courtesy of Mack Serres

SS ISRAEL
October 1959

Crew from the CG-40476 train their light on the damaged ISRAEL after being struck by the SS AMERICAN PRESS off the Statue of Liberty earlier that night. The contributor, Mack Serres, was aboard CG40476 when this photo was taken.
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SS HONNOR
JULY 21, 1963

Close-up view of the 150-foot gash in the starboard side of the disabled Norwegian tanker HONNOR, under tow to New York for repairs by the tug Sparrows Point.
The 577-foot Norwegian vessel collided with the 520-foot American tanker SAN JUAN, 205 miles east of Norfolk shortly after noon, July 21,[1963]. A large section was gouged out of the bow of the SAN JUAN, but she was able to make a repair run to New York under her own power.
Coast Guard Cutter CHEROKEE, out of Norfolk, was one of the first rescue vessels on scene after the collision. She escorted HONNOR and her tug 210 miles until relieved by the New York-based Cutter CAMPBELL the morning of July 24, 105 miles southeast of New York.
One crewman from the HONNOR, suffering head injuries, was removed and treated aboard the Navy aircraft carrier USS WASP. (USCG)
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