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CGC ANDROSCOGGIN_1947
Courtesy of Jim Flynn

USCGC ANDROSCOGGIN WPG-68
July 10, 1947

Taken by an unknown bridge tender on the Cape Cod Canal.
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USCGC Androscoggin_1950
Courtesy of Jim Flynn

USCGC ANDROSCOGGIN WPG-68
1950
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USCG Photo Courtesy of Jim Flynn

USCGC ANDROSCOGGIN WPG-68
August 13, 1958
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Courtesy of BMC Stephen Prime USCG (ret)

USCGC WINNEBAGO WPG/WHEC-40
C Mid 1950's

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Courtesy of BMC Stephen Prime USCG (ret)

USCGC WINNEBAGO WPG/WHEC-40
c 1965
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Courtesy of BMC Stephen Prime USCG (ret)

USCGC WINNEBAGO WPG/WHEC-40
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BMC Steve Prime USCG (ret) photo

38 foot seas while on Ocean Station Victor 1966.
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BMC Stephen Prime USCG (ret) photo

Night shoot aboard the Winnebago while on Ocean Station Victor in 1966.
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Courtesy of Ted H. Benson

USCGC WINNEBAGO
1970

In the Yokosuka Naval Shipyard graving dock.
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J. M. Bruce photo

USCGC MINNETONKA WHEC-67
January 1966

This photo was taken while moored at Honolulu HI preparing to leave for Ocean Station Victor (between Hawaii and Japan). The Cutter displays the Coast Guard's new visual identification markings on her forward hull. She was the first of the service's vessels on the West Coast to participate in a limited program to test public reaction to the new trim. Note the difference from the other 255 footers posted here. Apparently the single CG emblem without the Shield proved more identifiable. The Minnetonka was homeported in Long Beach CA and commissioned on July 11, 1946. She was decommission on May 31, 1974.
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J. M. Bruce photo

MINNETONKA'S GALLEY
1966

The Coast Guard traditionaly is a "good feeder" and this is where it starts. I remember from my Coast Guard days that I never ate better then when on a ship.
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J. M. Bruce photo

"KING NEPTUNE AND STAFF"

I have it from a good source that this is the Minnetonka's XO (Executive Officer)at the time.
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J.M. Bruce photo

HER HIGHNESS AMPHRITRITE

The crew was always very inventive in obtaining appropriate attire!

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J. M. Bruce photo

The ceremony of crossing the line is an initiation rite in the Royal Navy, U.S.Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and other navies which commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the equator. Originally the tradition was created as a test for seasoned sailors to ensure their new shipmates were capable of handling long rough times at sea. Sailors who have already crossed the equator are nicknamed Shellbacks, those who have not are nicknamed (Slimy) Pollywogs. "King Neptune and his court" (usually including his first assistant Davy Jones and her Highness Amphitrite and often various dignitaries, who are all represented by the highest ranking seamen) officiate at the ceremony, during which the Pollywogs undergo a number of increasingly disgusting ordeals, largely for the entertainment of the Shellbacks. Once the ceremony is complete, a Pollywog receives a certificate declaring his new status. Another common status is the Golden shellback, a person who has crossed the equator at the 180th meridian (international date line).
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J. M. Bruce photo

Sunset on Ocean Station Victor.
1966

Dispite all the rough weather that is frequently encountered at sea there are still plenty of beautiful sunsets to counter-act them. In calm weather I used to love to curl up in the evening on the towing bitt of a 311. The phosperous water at night from the screws is as outstanding as the "Green Flash" at sunset. This is described as Green flashes being a real (not illusory) phenomena seen at sunrise and sunset, when some part of the Sun suddenly changes color (at sunset, from red or orange to green or blue). The word flash refers to the sudden appearance and brief duration of this green color, which usually lasts only a second or two at moderate latitudes.
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J. M. Bruce photo

Sunsets inport and also be spectacular as this photo by former Minnetonka crewman J. Bruce attests.
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J.M. Bruce photo

CGC MINNETONKA
1966

Displaced Jack Staff and damaged forward antennas after some rough weather.
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J.M. Bruce photo

Enjoying a little sunshine after the storm. Note Life Jacket Locker that was ripped from the deck.
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J.M. Bruce photo

USCGC MINNENTONKA
1966

"Toys" for the Gunners Mates.
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USCG photo Courtesy of RMC Doak Walker USCG ret

USCGC MINNETONKA WHEC-67
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CGC Androscoggincirca1970
Courtesy of Jim Flynn

USCGC ANDROSCOGGIN WHEC-68
1970
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