U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar
WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.
4- This is a lighter I got from a girl in Tromso.
5- This is a
lighter that was given to me from a girl in Tromso. 6- Tromso Norway her name is
7- A picture from Kyle
8- Somewhere in the North Atlantic constant rolling 9- Seymour on a
10-A view of Tromso Norway's shoreline.
pretty rough day at sea far from any land.
12-Another nice day but the
Spar's bow just wants to dive.
16 - Just anchored off of Jan Mayen island her top half covered with fog,just a cinder with no vegetation at all. Volcanic rock 17- A picture of a 180 engine room top deck. 18 -A street in Denmark.
19- Swedish navy 3 masted schooner when those
guys sign up its for 8 years.
20 - I have no
idea why I took pictures out in the open sea.
21-Beautiful day in the
22- This is nuts she want to dive...
is when we first saw Jan Mayen island come into view.
24- Some of Norway's
lush country side.
1- Dave Milanak & crew on buoy
2- Jim Malone & Chuck
3- Playing volly ball using
Click onto image to enlarge
Page No. 7
Click onto picture below to give you an idea what mother
nature can throw at you.
13- Another picture from Kyle.
14- The Spar just keeps on rolling even on nice days.
15- A view of Jan Mayen island with a small stop
is The Acronym for the Coast Guard's motto-Semper Paratus always ready and the cutter was named after the Coast Guard women's reserve during world war two in which were also known as Spars.
Skyline Of Duluth. Click onto picture to see its detail.
Builder's Number: bn CG-165
Length: 180' oa
Beam: 37' mb
Draft: 12' max (1945); 14' 7" (1966)
Displacement: 935 fl (1945); 1,026 fl (1966); 700 light (1966)
Keel Laid: 13 September 1943
Launched: 2 November 1943
Commissioned: 12 June 1944
Decommissioned: 28 February 1997
Status: Stored, Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, MD as of 28 June 1997
Propulsion: 1 electric motor connected to 2 Westinghouse generators driven by 2 Cooper-Bessemer-type GND-8, 4-cycle diesels; single screw
Top speed: 13.0 kts sustained (1945); 11.9 kts sustained (1966)
Economic speed: 8.3 kts (1945); 8.5 kts (1966)
Complement: 6 Officers, 74 men (1945); 4 officers, 2 warrants, 47 men (1966) 110 & 12 Officers
Radar: Bk (1943); SL (1945)Electronics:
Sonar: WEA-2 (1945)
Armament: 1-3"/50 (single), 2-20mm/80 (single), 2 depth charge tracks, 2 Mousetraps, 4 Y-guns (1945); None In (1966
onto posters for
Lava Rock Bubble found on Jan Mayen island getting off the small boat.
Click on it to enlarge.
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Spar trip pictures, bottom slideshow
No. 1 No. 2 No. 3
Some helpful information such as the chart below
its the alphabet chart code. Click onto it to enlarge.
Click onto image below for Coast Guard videos, Compliments of the the
Coast Guard Channel
Automatic slide show of the Coast Guard
180' - 39 buoy tenders
Click below for 18 Pages of
original Spar wlb 403 "1966"
Cruise, PDF format
A passing thought
Can You Imagine This? When we were out at sea in the year "1966", we had state of the art Equipment, the 8 civilian oceanographic survey workers on board, all had top notch equipment to work with. But what if I turned to one of my shipmates and said, 50 years from now I will E-mail you... whats an E-Mail ? Its done on computers. Whats is computer? Or instead of waiting outside of the radio room to patch in a call to a land line ship to shore, we just used our own cell phones? Or which way are we headed right now? we would just use our own hand held GPS systems to see where we are right now.
That would have been hard to imagine back then - my point,where will we be 50 years from now?
A great shot of the Spar wlb-403. Click onto her to enlarge photo
Click onto image below to see Tromso Norway, original folder from "1966"