CGC Catenary 65606
Our thanks to Clifford Monz for these photos
the Winter of 1978, the crew and I were away from our home port,
one mission, we were allowed to break ice throughout the night, which is
not allowed by the op-plan, because of a severe heating oil
break our way out and disperse the ice. We headed back to the
temperature never got above 15 degrees during our time away from home
large Antenna you see on the deckhouse was placed there with approval
from the powers to be for VHF communications in the lower bay in late
1977. There are many more stories like this I could share with you.
other that I remember was working with the Pt. Batan off Five Fathom
Bank. We would show tow lights and the Batan would show lights for a
vessel in tow. After going through the fishing fleet we would both turn
about and board the vessels we had Identified during the make believe tow
job. BMCM Ira Machon was the OINC on the Batan with BMI Jimmy Davis. It
was said that neither one could understand each other, Ira being
Crew was: BMI Charles Curtian, MKI
Capstan was one of the roughest jobs I've ever had. The Capstan was
the SAR resource for the upper 25 miles of the
and crew during the time away from home port. If you look offshore on
the picture, you'll see a large Wind Blown Ice ridge. The ice extended
offshore in places more than 10 miles that year. The other was taken at
the Delaware Breakwater on the Ocean side at Lewes.
left the Catenary in June of 1980 headed for Canaveral Station as
OINC/CO when I made Warrant.
Retired Catenary - joins the Merchant Marine Academy, renamed "Growler"
Our thanks to Ed Hickman and Kyle Fries from the USMMA for their contribution. To learn more about the USMMA Click