Monday, June 1, 2009

Coast Guard Cutter "Spar"

The USCG Buoy Tender Spar has been in Unalaska this past week servicing the navigation aids in the area.  The Spar is a Juniper class buoy tender, nicknamed "The Aleutian Keeper".  She is 225 feet long and powered by two 3100 horsepower Caterpillar 3608 engines and has a 6900 mile cruising range.  She also has a couple .50 caliber machine guns in case she wants to play rough.  WLB-206 is the second Spar to serve the Coast Guard - the first Spar was WLB-403, launched in November 1943 and serving proudly for 53 years before decommissioning in 1997.  The Spar name comes from the Coast Guard Women's Reserve which served as a supplemental Coast Guard force between 1942 and 1946.  The acronym SPAR stands for the Coast Guard motto, Semper Paratus!  Always Ready!

In the third photo, you can get a closer look at the crew cleaning and servicing one of the channel markers in the East Channel.  I believe Mike Rowe did a Dirty Jobs episode on a buoy tender, possibly the Spar.  In the bottom photo you can see that those View For the Living Room shots I post on here sometimes really are right from the living room!


Anonymous said...

Yeah, the amount of time we all spend out there, why don't we ever cross paths?!?!!!

Lori said...

Nice post this morning! You do have a great view from your living room window!

Alaska Steve said...

It's a big island . . . I was up at Ulatka Head tonight for 90 minutes and not a soul in sight - oddly enough the weather over there was perfect. Any thoughts on doing a plant class this summer??

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

So, I see Chico enjoys the couch as well!

And a VERY admirable living room view, indeed!


Lauri said...

Finally, I am getting to read everyone's blogs again....great view, love the photo of Chico and GF!

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