​​​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.
​4Picture 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 bow.
7- The Spar just coming into Norway's Habour if you look you can see the Norway Bridge to the right.
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.
10- The Spar's bow about to go under.
 11- This picture was taken at,  2400 Hours ( The Midnight Sun )
12- The bow is gone !!  On a nice day. ​
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.

 16- This coastline of Tromso would be very hard to enter in their winter solid ice pack.
 ​17- A good shot looking out of the head porthole on the Spar at Jan Mayen Island.
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

Post marks below are from the Spar in 1966.
A 180 - great design
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 Screen
       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

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All 39 180 Buoy Tenders.
The STORIS-38, was known as the big sister to all 180's. Kodiak Alaska.
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​U.S. Coast Guard
Spar wlb - 403 was one of 39 original 180-foot
​( 55-m) seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942 -1944.
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Great Job on the 180's - Bravo Tom, Ron Wilkins
​​If 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.

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Pennants used for numbers chart.
USA Signal Flags chart below- Click onto it to enlarge.
The alphabet chart code.
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