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USCG photo

USCGC COBB WPG-181
June 15, 1944

This is the first helicopter shipboard landing in the WORLD. A temporary 38'x63' flight deck was added for the trials. Shown is a Sikorsky R5/HOS helo.

The former coastal steam GOVERNOR COBB was acquired by the CG and commissioned on July 20, 1943. Built in 1906 by the Delaware River Company in Chester PA and scrapped in 1947. Length 300.8, beam 55', draft 19', displ 3,500 tons, speed 15.7 kts, compl 9 officers, 114 enlisted, turbine engines triple screws and 5,000 shp. armament at the time 2 5'/38, 6 20mm, dc racks, 4 Y-guns, 2 mousetraps.
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USCG Photo

CG-95003 EX ABERDEEN
Circa 1940's

The ex-ABERDEEN was aquired by the Coast Guard under emergency acquisition during WWII to aid in coastal patrols and minesweeping operations. She was a former whaling vessel built in 1912 and 88 feet long.
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Courtesy of Jim Flynn

NORTH CUMUMBERLAND WYP361
Circa 1942
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Courtesy of Jim Flynn

NOGAT WPG171
July 14, 1944
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Courtesy of Jim Flynn

CGR-1712
1942
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Courtesy of Jim Flynn

CGR-5192
October 30, 1943
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Courtesy of Jim Flynn

CGR-80001
August 8, 1944

Off New York City.
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Courtesy of Jim Flynn

CGR-7242 & CGR-2520
Circa 1942
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Courtesy of Jim Flynn

CGR-2502
1942
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Donald H. Ward photo

PORTLAND PILOT BOAT
c 1945

The photographer, Don Ward took this photo while on leave but still assigned to the Coast Guard manned Pilot Boat. Note the dory astern. In an article that Mr. Ward wrote he states in part "Putting the pilots aboard a ship from a 14-foot dory was OK when it was flat calm and no sea, but picture yourself in a dory with a man who weighs about 250 pounds and who has to climb a Jacobs ladder. You have to wait till he has cleared the rail before you can move away from the ship. When there is a sea on and waves that are 15 feet, you have to come alongside the rolling ship because he has to lie broadside of the wind to make a leeway for us. These ships roll some time a good 30 to 40 degrees and the docking band that is wrapped around them sticks out about six to eight inches. You have to stay clear of that band or have the sides of the dory torn off."

Courtesy of Capt. Robert Tassi Schooner Timberwind
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SCHOONER PORTLAND PILOT
WWII
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Courtesy of Capt. Robert Tassi Schooner Timberwind

Recent shot of the TIMBERWIND (Former Portland Pilot)

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Courtesy of Capt. Robert Tassi, Schooner Timberwind

TIMBERWIND
2006

This is shown how the old PORTLAND PILOT looks today sporting her new color scheme. Hard to believe she was built in 1931 and service as a pilot boat through 1969. What a beautiful restoration.
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