Coasties: Good News, Bad News
Good: On June 26, the first new Coast Guard cutter in over 30 years entered
the Chesapeake Bay. The
USCGC Bertholf, under the command of Captain Pat Stadt, made her way
to the anchorage off the mouth of the Severn River. The next day she headed
to Fells Point in Baltimore for a weekend of public tours.
Captain Stadt is a sailor with ties to the Annapolis area,
having been active with a Hobie-16, a DN iceboat (in Wisconsin), and most
recently on an A-Cat. The West River Catamaran Racing Association and
the West River Sailing Club are proud to include him in their ranks, and
as such a small fleet of catamarans from the two clubs welcomed the Bertholf
on the water as she headed north from Bloody Point. Later that evening
there was a reception for the crew and cat sailors at the Fleet Reserve.
At 418′, the Bertholf is the first of a series of National
Security Cutters the Coast Guard is building. She’s an impressive ship,
and if you get a chance to take a tour, take it! The Bertholf is currently
on her way to her new home port in Alameda, California. On July 22, she
will meet up with the CG training ship Eagle before entering the San Francisco
Bay. Skip work, go sailing, and welcome the Bertholf to her new home!
Bad: The Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot buoy tender homeported
in New London, collided with the bow of a Block island ferry with 300
passengers aboard in foggy conditions about three miles north of Block
Island. Damage is said to be minimal, but there is much head scratching
as to how this even happened. Read