U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar
WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.
1- Yeoman Doyle Yates 3rd Class Petty
officer getting some fresh air. 2- Stansell 1st. class petty officer taking readings
on the reefers checking on the Freon 12.3- View from the stern, pulling into
Tromso's docks, this is where the Spar was berthed.
taken from starboard aft on the other side of the harbor in
Tromso. Perfect weather.5- Some of Tromso's larger land masts the fjords port side. 6- We are just
starting to see Tromso on the port
7- The Spar just coming into
Norway's Habour if you look you can see the Norway Bridge to the
8- We are in Norway's harbour look to
the port side to see the famous Church.
9- Some of Tromso's
shore line of the fjords.
13 - There is no storm and yet we were going under.
14-A typical day at sea somewhere in the North
Atlantic Ocean, its big.
15- Some more of Tromso's coastline going into the fjords.
coastline of Tromso would be very hard to enter in their winter solid ice
17- A good shot looking out of the head porthole on the Spar at Jan
18- A shot of the Kiel canal in Bremerhagen Germany
19- A good shot of Jan Mayen island when we were departing
20- This picture was taken after the Spar's return from our 1966 trip.
21- Somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean
marks below are from the Spar in 1966.
A 180 - great
The 180-foot buoy-tending cutters built
for the US Coast Guard during the early 1940's are remarkable in terms of their
longevity. Except the US Coast Guard's Storis, no other military vessels on
active duty today served in World War II. The 180's longevity is not a case of
superior construction, though they were undoubtedly built quite solidly. The
service performed by the class for over sixty years is a function of their
design. The 180's were extremely versatile and perfectly suited for their
multifaceted role. They could break ice replace a buoy and save a sinking
ship all in the course of a day's work. Moreover, they could complete these
missions within sight of their home port or steam across thousands of miles
of ocean to complete an assigned task. They did not become outmoded until
computers, satellites, and automation changed the way ships are built and
equipped. The US Coast Guard spent time and money keeping the 18'0s in
service long beyond their projected life span because that remained the best
option. These ships that fought U-boats in World War II have spent millions
of hours since making the world's waterways a safer place for science,
commerce, and recreation. This was possible due to the design’s versatility
and reliability. Obsolescence crept up on the 180s very slowly, producing a
tenure unmatched in twentieth-century American maritime history. The
180-foot buoy tenders proved to be extremely versatile vessels during their
long careers. Though all spent some portion of their time afloat servicing
buoys, they served in many other pursuits as well. Many of these alternate
activities revolved around the vessel's intended secondary missions, search
and rescue, law enforcement, and ice breaking. Often, however the tenders
carried out missions never envisioned by their designers, ranging from
transporting rare tropical fish to landing scientific parties on drifting
icebergs. This plethora of pursuits when combined with the wide geographic
distribution of the 180's makes it difficult to describe a typical or generic
career for a 180. The ocean going buoy tenders built for the US Coast Guard
in the early 1940's served around the world and fulfilled the service's
requirement for a true multi-mission capable platform.
A Tribute to all 180's HD, Wide
Posted on 3 / 30 / 2012
Spar wlb - 403
was one of 39 original 180-foot (55 m)
seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942-1944.
All but one of the original
tenders (the U.S.C.G.C. Ironwood) were built in Duluth.
Happy Birthday to the 180
footers, its their 40th Birthday,
May - 25th. 1984
Click below for YouTube.
All 39 180 Buoy
The STORIS-38, was known as the big sister to all 180's. Kodiak Alaska.
Page No. 5
onto posters below for more information
U.S. Coast Guard
Spar wlb - 403 was one of 39 original 180-foot
( 55-m) seagoing buoy tenders
built between 1942 -1944.
onto pictures below to enlarge &
onto Name of the ship for information pertaining to the ship.
Great Job on
the 180's - Bravo Tom, Ron Wilkins
you are viewing this video and served aboard one
of the U.S. Coast
Guard's 180-foot buoy tenders
please come and join your shipmates at the
Coast Guard Channel Community Group
180 Veterans. It free to join and
you'll likely reconnect with some former shipmates.
The first 180 you tube made.
Click here for my first You Tube for the 180's
Spar Trip pictures & all 180's
A tip, all tenders are in HD wide screen,
great for computer's wallpaper.
Click onto the Eagle to see her detail.
No. 19 No. 20 No. 21
No. 16 No. 17 No. 18
No. 13 No. 14 No. 15
No. 10 No. 11 No. 12
No. 1 No. 2 No. 3
No. 4 No. 5 No. 6
Pennants used for numbers chart.
USA Signal Flags chart below- Click onto it to enlarge.
The alphabet chart code.
Click onto this chart to enlarge.
Click here to go to the Eagle's page,
and then Click onto the picture for great detail - and you
can double click for a little bit more detail.
Click below for 18 Pages of
original Spar wlb 403 "1966"
Cruise, PDF format
With Name & Seal