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Grand Haven in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Coast Guard Cutters on the Great Lakes

 
 
Coast Guard Cutters on the Great Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
1. Coast Guard Cutters on the Great Lakes Marker
Inscription.  Until the 1930's the Coast Guard surfmen were shore based, equipped only with oarpowered surfboats to rescue shipwrecked seamen. As steel hulled steam vessels replaced the wooden schooners, more and more wrecks occurred in mid-Lake far away from the capabilities of rescue by the “Heros of Peace.” The Lake Michigan ship disasters of 1929, the fall season when 103 persons perished, brought to focus the need for larger Coast Guard vessels — today's Cutters.

Escanaba
Built in Bay City, she arrived in Grand Haven on December 9, 1932 and served with distinction, as an icebreaker and on patrol duty until she left for war in March 1942. The 165-foot steam powered ship was sunk in the North Atlantic June 13, 1943 with 101 of her crew lost — only 2 surviving.

Almond
The 161-foot coal burning Almond, a ferryboat converted for wartime duty, was camouflaged and equipped with deck guns. She served as a buoy tender and icebreaker in Grand Haven in 1943.

Tahoma
Sister ship to Escanaba, she came to Grand Haven December 13, 1945 with camouflage war paint
Marker detail: <i>Escanaba</i> image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Escanaba
but was repainted white, which designated her as a peacetime Coast Guard Cutter.

Woodbine
The black hulled, 180-foot C.G. Cutter Woodbine was stationed at Grand Haven as a buoy tender and icebreaker during the period 1947-72. The 25 year tour of duty was the longest for any Cutter serving at this port. She also saw duty in the Pacific during WW II.

Raritan
The 110-foot tug served as a C.G. Cutter out of this port for search and rescue and icebreaking duty from 1972 through 1979. Raritan was one of the first vessels on the scene following the sinking of Escanaba during WW II and took aboard the only two survivors.

Acacia
The black hulled, 180-foot Cutter Acacia served as a buoy tender out of this port from 1979 until she was reassigned to Charlevoix to replace Mesquite in 1990. During the 1987-88 winter she served four months on drug interdiction duty in the Caribbean.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 43° 3.613′ N, 86° 14.426′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker can be reached from South Harbor Drive just west of Y Drive, on the right when traveling west
Marker detail: <i>Almond</i> image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Almond
. Marker is located in Escanaba Park, overlooking the Grand River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 673 South Harbor Drive, Grand Haven MI 49417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shipwrecks and the Coast Guard / The Escanaba (a few steps from this marker); Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival (a few steps from this marker); To The Enlisted Men of the United States Coast Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); Escanaba Park (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of the Coast Guard Men and Women (within shouting distance of this marker); Escanaba Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boardwalk (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hopley Yeaton (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Haven.
 
Marker detail: <i>Tahoma</i> image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Tahoma
Marker detail: <i>Woodbine</i> image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Woodbine
Marker detail: <i>Raritan</i> image. Click for full size.
6. Marker detail: Raritan
Marker detail: <i>Acacia</i> image. Click for full size.
7. Marker detail: Acacia
Coast Guard Cutters on the Great Lakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
8. Coast Guard Cutters on the Great Lakes Marker
(Grand River in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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