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

U.S. Coast Guard Boat Memorial

 
 
U.S. Coast Guard Boat Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
1. U.S. Coast Guard Boat Memorial Marker
Inscription.  The 41 foot utility boat (UTB) was the workhorse of the Coast Guard for 36 years, functioning as the service's standard multipurpose near-shore platform. 172 were constructed by the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay Maryland between 1972 and 1978, and saw service at almost every Small Boat Station, in the country, including Station Grand Haven. Originally painted all white with the signature diagonal "racing stripe", many of the hulls like this one were stripped of their paint to match the design of new boats entering service which had bare hulls to save weight and reduce maintenance.

Dedicated on Armed Forces day 2012, this 41 UTB replaced an aging 36ft Motor Life Boat who's wooden hulled design dated back to 1929. The boat was donated to the city through private funding from the community, and is being maintained by the volunteer work of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Association. Regardless of the type of boat, this site serves as a constant memorial to the Men and Women of the Coast Guard, their selfless service to our country, and the special bond they share with the people of Grand Haven; Coast Guard City USA. Over the years, Grand
U.S. Coast Guard Boat Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
2. U.S. Coast Guard Boat Memorial Marker
Haven has hosted numerous offices of the Coast Guard, including Cutters like the ESCANABA, and shore based units such as the Small Boat Station, Group Office, Sector Field Office, World War II Training Camp, and the District Headquarters.

Specifications
Hull Material: Aluminum with Fiberglass Superstructure
Dimensions: 40.7ft (length) X 13.5ft (beam) X 4.1ft (draft)
Displacement: 13.4 Tons
Engines: (2) Cummins VT-903M Diesels, 320 hp @ 2600 rpm, 2:1 reduction gears
Speed: 26 knots maximum, 18 knots cruising in sea state 2
Fuel capacity: 486.8 US gal
Range: 300 nautical miles at cruise
Cost: $235,000 (in 1979)
Sea State: 30kt Wind, 8ft Seas
 
Topics. This historical marker memorial is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 43° 3.903′ N, 86° 13.258′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is at the intersection of North 7th Street and Madison Street, on the left when traveling north on North 7th Street. Marker and subject Coast Guard Utility Boat exhibit are located in the Grand Haven Welcome plaza at this intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Central Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ottawa County Court House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Central School
U.S. Coast Guard Boat Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 27, 2017
3. U.S. Coast Guard Boat Memorial
(marker is located behind the Coast Guard Utility Boat)
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Standard Coaling Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Trunk Western, Wood Caboose No. 77915 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pere Marquette Caboose No. A-986 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pere Marquette Auto Box Car No 72222 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Bridge Approach Signal (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Haven.
 
Also see . . .
1. 41-Foot Utility Boat, Large (UTB). By the time the 41’ UTB was fielded beginning in August of 1973, Coast Guard station missions had evolved to include much more work oriented towards law enforcement, including the need to chase down and intercept drug smuggler boats. What is seen in the 41’ UTB design, therefore, is higher speed and improved seaworthiness. (Submitted on July 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. 41 Foot Utility Boat. Video of the 41 footer from the Coast Guard station in Port Aransas, Texas. (Submitted on July 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
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 50 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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