Seaworthy~ a personal piece for me and a tribute to my service~ The United States Coast Guard~ had I known I'd be using this years later as a reference I'd have done better at keeping the photo in good condition lol~
Wikipedia Info reference ~
Woodrush was commissioned on 22 September 1944 under the command of LCDR F. D. Hagaman, USCG. In keeping with the Lighthouse Service practice of naming tenders after foliage, she was named after the Woodrush plant. She was assigned general aids to navigation (ATON) and icebreaking duties with Duluth, Minnesota as her home port.
Woodrush performed many duties and missions in the Duluth, Minnesota district until 31 July 1978. She was part of the icebreaking fleet of buoy tenders that kept the shipping lanes open on the Great Lakes a month longer in the winter and months earlier in the spring. This was considered key to the economy of the Great Lakes region. A former commanding officer of Woodrush reported that he deliberately grounded her many times during her buoy tending duties because that was the only way some of the buoys could be set.
The Woodrush conducted many rescues during her long U.S. Coast Guard career. She rescued three lightkeepers in the early 1960s who were stranded for three days after an explosion at the remote Stannard Rock Light in Lake Superior.
As the only available U.S. Coast Guard cutter available to respond to the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking on 10 November 1975, Woodrush was ordered from Duluth at "full speed" through a "gale and high seas" and arrived on scene within 24 hours. She combed the area along with the SS William Clay Ford and the SS Arthur M. Anderson until daybreak, when debris and oil were finally located. The following summer, Woodrush served as a support vessel for the United States Navy ROV, the CURV, that was used to survey the Fitzgerald wreck.
A few years later, Woodrush was called out to help break ice for some freighters near the Soo Locks. Woodrush eventually got trapped in the ice, and was floated by the ice until it managed to get free, passing right over the Fitzgerald wreck site.
From 31 July 1978 to 31 March 1980, Woodrush underwent a major renovation at U.S. Coast Guard Yard Curtis Bay, Maryland. She received new diesel engines, a thorough overhaul of her main electrical motor and its control systems, installation of new electrical wiring and switchboards, new water piping and sewage handling systems, and a bow thruster to improve her maneuverability. The crew's living spaces were upgraded and the furnishings were modernized.
On 3 June 1980, Woodrush replaced USCGC Clover (WLB-292) in Sitka, Alaska where she home ported for the rest of her U.S. Coast Guard career performing aids to navigation (ATON), icebreaking, and search and rescue (SAR) duties.
Thanks for reading ~ if you made it this far lol ~ I love the Coast Guard and this vessel is a personal fav because I lived in NY where she served and then in Sitka Alaska as well ~ I was aboard her a number of times ... Her crew were my friends as well as my Coast Guard brothers and sisters!!!
I used a stamp brush I made of the Coast Guard emblem ~ however everything else was my sketch~
I don't know where to begin!!!!! I'm stunned by your generous gift of a Feature Glenn~ having served in the military~ we share a common ground and love of Country and honor~ thank you so very much for the love!!!!
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