USCGC Alex Haley
"The Bulldog of the Bering"
The United States Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley (WMEC-39) is a former
U.S. Navy vessel that was recommissioned for Coast Guard duty on July
10, 1999. It was first commissioned as the USS Edenton (ATS-1), an
Edenton-class salvage and rescue ship on January 23, 1971. In 1995,
Edenton won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic
The conversion from a salvage ship to a Coast Guard cutter involved the
removal of the stern towing machine, forward crane, and A-frame, and the
installation of a flight-deck, retractable hangar, and air-search radar.
Additionally, her four aging Paxman diesel engines were replaced with
four 16 cylinder Caterpillar diesels.
The cutter was named after author and journalist Alex Haley, the first
chief journalist of the Coast Guard, the first African-American to reach
the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author
of Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Haley served in the Coast
Guard for 20 years.
Her current home port is Kodiak, Alaska at the U.S. Coast Guard
Integrated Support Command Kodiak from where she carries out her Fishery
Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue primary missions.