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USCG photo courtesy of Bill Collette

CG-44300
April 30, 1962

Pictured is the first of the Coast Guard's new self-righting 44 foot steel hulled lifeboats.

This rugged craft, powered by two 180-horsepower diesel engines with twin screws is designed to replaced the Coast Guard's famous 36-foot motor lifeboat.

The CG 44300, the first of the new craft built at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland left the Yard on 14 April, 1962 enroute to Chatham Lifeboat Station, Chatham, Mass. in the First Coast Guard District. The new 44-footer visited lifeboat stations in the Fifth and Third Coast Guard Districts before reporting to her station in Massachusetts. (USCG)

BMCS Bernie Webber adds "EN1 Davison -SN Browning and I lived on board the boat for the 6 week trip with nothing but a blanket and pillow sleeping in forward and after compartments. The hot cup provided meals of Dinty Moore Stew, baked beans, soup and coffee. Hit every inlet and station between Cape Hatteras and Rockland Maine....Loved the GMV6's."

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USCG Photo courtesy of Len Kingsbury

CG44300
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BMCS Dave Considine USCG photo

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BMCS Dave Considine USCG photo

The above two photos is how she looks now as a display at the Astoria Maritime Museum.
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Bill Collette Photo

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MLB 44301 is the last 44 foot MLB in service. Note the gold hull numbers. She is assigned to CG Station Chatham, MA.
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The following interesting note was sent to me by now retired BMCM Charlie Riedmuller. It gives a good insight into what the 44 foot Motor Lifeboat can do in the hands of a skilled boat crew. The year was 1967.

"When I was the Oinc of Chatham Station the 44301 was a brand new Motor Lifeboat it arrived a couple of months before I took the station over. We went out on the CG44301 in a hurricane with a volunteer crew to pick up a F/V 75 miles east of Chatham Light. When we crossed the Chatham Bar we rolled 90 degrees and was reported as lost. We lost all communications etc. The crew was strapped in with life jackets etc. Anyhow we finally reached our distressed vessel, "Anna M" and I could not tow her over the bar so I headed around Monomy Island and brought her into Stage Harbor, My family was notified that we were safe and sound. My crew was EN3 Richard Workman, EN1Jesse Findley, SN Gary D'Acci, and BMC Riedmuller. It was one of the most horrifying rescues that I was ever on."
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BMCS Dave Considine USCG photo

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Bill Collette Photo

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Another view of the MLB.
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Bill Collette Photo

CG44301

On the hoist with gold numbers clearly visible.
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Bill Collette Photo

CG44301
September 6, 2006

Taken at Chatham Fish Pier.
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Bill Collette photo

CG-44301
2006
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BMC Stephen Prime USCG (RET) PHOTO

CG-44321
c 1968

This boat arrived one morning at Station Woods Hole with a "little" ice. She is from CG Station Gays Head.
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J.M. Bruce photo

CG-44333
July 1966

Awaiting repairs at CG Base St George Staten Island NY.
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J.M. Bruce photo

CG-44333
July 1966

Awaiting repairs at CG Base St George Staten Island NY.
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J.M. Bruce photo

CG-44333
July 1966

Awaiting repairs at CG Base St George Staten Island NY.
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BMC Stephen Prime USCG (RET) PHOTO

CG-44339
1967

Station Woods Hole breaking ice in Buzzards Bay! In 1967 the entire bay froze completely across.
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BM3 Jim Jones photo

CG44339
1969

moored to the Buzzards Bay Light tower. Taken by BM3 Jim Jones stationed out of Woods Hole Massachusetts.
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BMC Stephen Prime USCG (RET) PHOTO

CG-44339
c 1967-1969

Getting a new paint job at the yard in Bristol RI.
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Courtesy of Cassino Russell

CG44357
Summer 1987

Taken while the MLB was escorting the USS IOWA BB61 into Newport RI.
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E. Watson Collection

CG44400
1999

Assigned to Yaquina Bay MLB Station, Newport Oregon. Note the shine....obviously a proud crew.
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E. Watson Collection

CG44400

Heading out to sea under the Yaquina Bay Bridge for her last Search and Rescue (SAR)mission. She was later decommissioned and transferred to the National Motor Lifeboat School. In 2001 she was transfered to Guyana and is now serving the Guyan Defense Force-Coast Guard and renamed the CGS Tiger Shark. (E. Watson)
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USCG PHOTO

CG44308

No additional information
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Steve Sabel Photo

CG44372
1975

Off the Washington coast.
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ORIGINAL PLAN & SPECS FOR 44 FOOT MLB

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