"1966"
​​​U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.

The Spar has come to an end.
​Someone in Philadelphia PA bought her. She sat here in Philadelphia about 14 miles from my home and I had no idea she was here and was here for almost 7 years.
​ I was sick just thinking of how many pictures
​I could have had of her complete interior I was heart broken.

​She awaits her fate.​
Spar was decommissioned in 1997 and sold at auction. After changing hands several times, she ended up being transferred to the Northeastern Maritime Historical Foundation who evaluated her and determined their best use of the ship was to sell her or parts of her to raise money to support their other projects. Spar's main engines generators and other equipment were removed and sold to re-power another vessel. The remains of the vessel were scuttled in ​October 2004 in 108 feet of water 30 miles (48 km) off Morehead City, North Carolina, where she now serves as an artificial reef.
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After changing hands several times, she ended up being transferred to the Northeastern Maritime Historical Foundation, who evaluated her and determined their best use of the ship was to sell her or parts of her to raise money to support their other projects. Spar's main engines, generators, and other equipment were removed and sold to re-power another vessel. The remains of the vessel were scuttled in
October 2004 in 108  feet of water 30 miles (48 km) off Morehead City, North Carolina
 where she now serves as an artificial reef.
Click below for story.​
Its been a pleasure for me to correspond with Mike, the person that sees the Spar quite often. His name is Mike Gerken. He is one of the captains that take divers out to dive & see the Spar-403 and many other locations.
He is kind enough to send me his monthly news letter & stays in constant touch with me. Through him I feel the presence of the Spar wlb-403  is still somehow with us and its nice to know that someone like Mike keeps a eye on her. God only knows how many people the Spar has been home to, that I think we will never know. She is home now for the creatures of the sea.
Mikes website and information below.
Mike Gerken
 Photographer•Captain
​  Evolution
Underwater Imaging; LL
​​http://www.evolutionunderwater.com
The SPAR'S new Captain, Mike Gerken
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1- Mike Gerken how can you resist that ?
2- Reading the charts.
3- Getting tanks ready​​.
Olympus Dive Center North Carolina
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Click onto image below for Mike's under water imaging site.
These are just a few of John Hagerty's Dive images back in 2012.  
​John spent his complete tour of duty on the Spar-403
​ 4 years, he also has the website, the "Spar Museum".
US Coast Guard
Page No. 13​
State Marine Officials Sink Ship On Purpose
To Create Artificial Reef.
Hey Tom​...


David here from Hartly Delaware
, I saw on a web page some time ago that the Spar was sunk off the coast of North Carolina

I forgot to save the web site so I just googled that again this is what I found.
May GOD bless and keep you
David R Thornton.


​Click onto button
below for more information,
​Coast Guard ship the SPAR-403 went down off the coast of Morehead City this week.

Mike Gerken's Dive Report.
For those of you who served on the Spar,  from this point on its up to the divers now, such
as Captain Mike Gerken for us to see her from time to time the Spar,WLB-403
​where we once lived with fond memories.
Click onto photo below, for more information and meet Mike Gerken. 

Evolution Underwater Imaging
http://www.evolutionunderwater.com
Mobile:   808.214.8843
The Spar-403
​The Cutter with the Most Gold.
Origin of: Fair Winds and Following Seas.
Click onto Diver.
Feb 22, 2012
Diving the USCGC Spar - August 2011 John Hagerty...  Brian Collingwood 110 feet of water 40 miles southeast of Moorehead City, NC
One of the best under water video of the Spar wlb-403
​ since she went down to her new home.
Click here to watch on you tube
Click onto picture below to see the Spar-403 like never
​ before in her new environment on Vimeo.

​​Click onto  Image below for Mike's Blog Report
​​
Some of Mike's Photographs 
Mike Gerken's - John Hagerty's Dive
Sharks around the Spar
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Click onto the Spar to see her in her final moments and last of the sunlight on her.
​She belongs to nature now & the divers that see her- thus she lives on.
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Good luck Mike, you'll be missed.
​After a six year hiatus, I'm excited to announce that I will be returning to captain the M/V Odyssey in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia in June of 2014. Truk Lagoon has always been and continues to be one of my favorite dive destinations for photography and video. The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon are amazing historical
​ artifacts that have become beautiful reef systems over the last 70 years.

​Click onto the Odyssey for information.​
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Some of Mike Gerken's photography
Be sure to Click onto each image to see its beauty.
USCGC Spar (WLB)-403
The Cutter With the Most Gold
Text & Images by Mike Gerken

©All Rights Reserved.
(As Published on scubaboard.com Oct 25, 2012; Revised 11/2013 for Wreck Diving Magazine)

​Click onto SPAR below to read Mike's The Cutter with the most Gold.​

Click onto flag below  for Mike Gerken's  Blog Dive Report.
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​Click ontothe diver for John's Dive.
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