1- Jan Mayen Island off our port bow, we were preparing to go ashore and meet 17 Norwegians that operated the loran station on the island.
- There was no vegetation on this island.   It was and still is a volcano.
The next photo is the same just volcanic rock.
3- This is where we dropped anchor not far from the small fishing boat that has anchored there.   You can see bits of ice floating in the water.

​​​U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.
​4- Again more of Tromso's Coastline.
 5-The Jfords.  Jan Mayen Island I once again tried the binoculars to see the summit there was ice on it. 
​​ 6- We're on our way up and into the Arctic Circle pack ice. 

8- picture taken somewhere out in the Atlantic Ocean.  
 8- Picture taken from starboard aft more coastline of Tromso Norway.​This is just after a heavy rain in
 9- Belfast Ireland I made sure I got the rainbow.
10- Coming into Norway the grass was green.  
11- Semour FN just getting off watch he was a snipe.
12-​ Another view of Jan Mayen Island off the coast of Norway. ​​
13Norway off our Port bow land always looked good because our time out at sea was
​3 1/2 months and only​a total of ten days on shore.  
14- Jan Mayen island.  
​ 15- Very large Iceberg.

​​16Jan Mayen Island snow on the summit now.  
17- The top of Jan Mayen island covered with ice and it was their summer months.
​  18-  51 years ago leaving Tromso Norway,  I was lovesick.

​One of Two Storms at Sea, in 1966.

​​​Not long after we left Jan Mayen island next the day maybe its been 53 years but we were informed that we may be headed into a storm. The following morning when I was going on watch 6 on 6 off no time for yourself at all. It was getting a little rough out there. Within an hour or so it was murder I was only two hours into my watch when it became difficult to walk up the ladder to take my readings. I went topside and I took a peak out of the mess hall porthole all I saw was water I waited and still just water I saw no sky at all. I could feel the ship changing course just to keeping her bow headed into the next swell. I wanted to go to the bridge and take a look the swells were being logged in at 30 to 35 feet.This is nuts no one could walk in the ship it just kept banging us into the bulkheads back and forth I couldn't wait till this storm has passed. Around our 4th day into this storm not only were the swells getting bigger they started to come from all around us towards the bow port & starboard sides from the stern you could feel the ship gaining speed from the stern swells the prop coming out of the water for an instant.Now from the starboard side before anyone knew it we were in mountainous seas.
​You could not see the sky out of any porthole the swells were now being logged in at 60 to 80foot swells, not a fun ride. At this point every moving thing that could, did. We had to tie ourselves into our racks or we would fall thrown out for sure. You'll have to read between the lines here. Okay the storm is now well over a week long and the crew I would say was getting irritable as hell at this point, the cook went to his rack and that's the last time we saw him. If you were hungry you made it yourself. Peanut butter and jelly is cool with me always had saltine crackers. Each passing day I knew the whole crew felt like I did when is this going to end. As it turns out the swells now are getting to 70 feet and higher all along I never felt fear Hey I'M in the military what can happen ? Day 10 we had no idea we still had 4 more days to go for this storm. No one talked to each other I heard one crew member say it the best, I cant think of his name he said it was like a ship loaded with woman who was on the rag all at the same time. When I tied myself in my bunk I could see all the ditty bags on the bulkhead they looked like they were off the wall by 90 degrees it was like magic, they would just come off the bulkhead and stand straight out as far as they could. I know that the 80 feet mast was being hammered from rolling from port to starboard sides bashing into the on coming swells / they weren't swells, they were mountains seas we were in. If there was anyone aboard ship that felt no fear by now, I would say they were nuts.I heard some crew members praying in our berthing area to get through this thing. All throughout the ship if anyone can remember there was these little pendulums that would show the amount of degrees we would roll on port to starboard sides, well they were pinned to the stops and the ship still went farther that's why the mast was damaged. I went up the the bridge and the captain happened to be on watch, I requested permission to go out on the fly bridge to take a picture he was reluctant at first but then he said just one and get right back in here, the winds were over 70 to 90 MPH. I went out the port side holding on and ready to take a snapshot when all of a sudden the bow went down under the sea, the spray hit me in the face with those high winds it felt like little needles sticking me in the face.( I didn't get the shot). I almost lost the camera Kodak wind-up, today a collectors item maybe. No digital cameras back then. ​​One last thing, 53 years have passed, that's a long time and through the use of computers it starting to seem like its so easy to get in touch anyone let alone your old shipmates but I found two shipmates from the trip in 1966. Dave and Kyle this is something that we found out after e-mailing each other for several months now Now Rich Notestine is in touch with the three of us 5-20-2010. When the movie came out The Perfect Storm I told my family that that was nothing compared to what we went through Yeah Right well Dave said the same thing and Kyle also said the same to his family. This is what I meant when I said that "John Hagerty" that he had missed one hell of ride back in 1966. When two weeks ended with the storm we found out we had only traveled a few miles towards our course now this is the end we hit another two week storm on that trip. I couldn't tell you now which one was worse ? I think they were equal. We now have our ​fifth crew member on board, Jim Malone.

​ Smooth sailing !
This is the highest point on Jan Mayen island.
1- A map of Tromso Norway.
2- An ad of Denmark Copenhagen where we spent some good times.
3- A map I still have of Northern Ireland in 1966.
1- A really nice day to be out at sea The Spar did very well at Sea  its her true home.
​For the crew members She is home away from home.   2- A good picture of Norway's coast line coming in from the sea.
3- Chadwick on watch with me as he smokes his pipe.

Coast Guard Song: Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

​The United States Coast Guard is the world's oldest life-saving service and "Semper Paratus" ("Always Ready") is its theme song. The song's original words and music were composed by Captain Francis Saltus Van Boskerck, USCG.

Captain Van Boskerck was Commander of the Coast Guard's Bering Sea Forces when he composed "Semper Paratus" in 1927. Coast Guard lore developed that he composed the tune on a beat-up old piano belonging to a Mrs. Albert C. Gross, the wife of an Alaskan fur trader, who owned what was at that time the only piano in the Aleutian Islands. Two public health dentists, Alfred E. Nannestad and Joseph O. Fournier of Unalaska Island, also contributed to developing the song's early lyrics.

​​Click onto image below to visit a site​ for the history
​of the USCG Cutters.

​U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar wlb-403.
The Spars Launching Date 2 /Nov. 1946. Picture on right Christening the Spar.
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Light Houses on the coast of maine, click onto picture to view.
U.S. Coast Guard
Page No. 6​
Some crew members that served on the Spar wlb / 403 -180.

​Cidade, Eduardo F Sr. .... ....
Chapman, Kyle .... 66 - 66 .... Bristol, RI
Cote, William .... 05/86 - 05/87 .... Portland, ME
Davis, Bernie .... 67 - 68 .... Boston, MA
Dudley, Bob .... 07/84 - 06/86 .... Portland, ME
Dudley, Bob .... 07/91 - 09/93 .... Portland, ME
Foti, Rich .... 68 - 72 .... Boston, MA
Hagerty, John.... 78 - 81....Bristol, RI - Portland, ME { SPAR MUSEUM }
Hazleton, Bob .... 77 - 78 .... Portland, ME
Hillier, David A. .... 75 - 76 .... Portland, ME
Hough, Thomas W. .... 66 - 67 .... Bristol, RI
Hughes, Roger.... 04/67 - 08/67 .... Boston, MA
Keen, Gaby L. .... 71 - 72 .... Boston, MA
Kelly, Thomas .... 59 - 60 .... Boston
Meeker, Alan .... 67 - 68 .... Boston, MA
Milanak, Dave .... 66 - 67 .... Bristol, RI
Scheeser, Ted .... 01/69 - 05/70 .... Boston, MA
Shaw, Harold .... 75 ~ 76 ~ 77 .... Curtis Bay, MD
Shepard, Robert Alan.... 09/56 - 04/58 .... Bristol, RI
Verry, Wayne (XO) .... 79 - 81 .... Portland, ME
Wall, Walter "Bulkhead" .... 66 - 67 .... Bristol, RI
Williams, Phil .... 67 - 68 .... Boston, MA
Woods, James C .... .... Boston MA - Portland, ME
Wyman, Dave .... 81 - 83 .... Portland, ME
Zeigler, Craig .... ....
Richard Notestine.... 64 - 67....Bristol RI
Jim Malone ... Bristol RI.

Posted on 10 -27 -2014​

And Now--# 6  Captain David Wood, Executive Officer at the time on the Spar's trip in "1966"​​Welcome Home, the Spars website.​

Spar trip pictures, 2 Storms on the Spar-403​
                          No. 1                                                                       No. 2                                                                       No. 3
                                No. 4                                                                       No. 5                                                                       No. 6
                           No. 7                                                                        No. 8                                                                       No. 9
                        No. 10                                                                  No. 11                                                                    No. 12                        
                                No. 13                                                                   No. 14                                                                      No. 15
                           No. 16                                                                     No. 17                                                                      No. 18
                           No. 1                                                                      No. 2                                                                         No. 3
                               No. 1                                                                         No. 2                                                                      No. 3
                      No. 1                                                                       No. 2                                                                            No. 3
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Another picture of the Spar anchored off shore of Jan Mayen Island, "1966"
The picture on the right is the Spar in her home port, Bristol RI. One hell of a storm. Look at the car being moved around.
Author and year unknown. Click onto images to enlarge.​​
The chart below is a diagram of the two storms in the
​North Atlantic ocean back in 1966.
They were both huge storms that lasted near two weeks each.
The bridge logged these guys in at 70 to 90 M.P.H. winds the chart is right on.

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I would have to bet that these two storms are the culprits we hit while underway in the
North Atlantic.The 1966 season was relatively active with eleven tropical storms, two more than an average normal season.
​Storms in the Atlantic Ocean in "1966"
​The 1966 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 1966, and lasted until November 30, 1966. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclone
Tropical cycloneA tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain. Tropical cyclones strengthen when water evaporated from the ocean is released as the saturated air rises, resulting in condensation of water vapors form in the Atlantic basin
Atlantic Basin may refer to:* Atlantic Ocean* Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn, site of:** Brooklyn Cruise Terminal** Atlantic Basin Iron Works...The 1966 season was relatively active with eleven tropical storms, two more than an average normal season. It was also unusually active early in the season, with five
​named storms forming before the end of July.Hurricane Faith was the northernmost tracking tropical cyclone in the Atlantic basin, as well as the longest distance traveled. The eighth tropical cyclone and sixth named storm of the 1966 Atlantic hurricane season, Faith developed from an area of disturbed weather between Cape Verde and the west coast of Africa on August 21. Tracking westward, the tropical depression gradually intensified, and became a tropical storm on the following day. Continuing to head westward across the Atlantic, it intensified and weakened slightly in nearly the same manner for the next several days, until rapid intensification occurred on August 28. Weakening back slightly, it tracked a long distance across the Atlantic, reaching as far north as the Faroe Islands before weakening further.
​Hurricane Faith finally transitioned into aextra tropical storm over the ​North Sea In 1966.

The Spar had a complete overhaul back in 1974 and into 1979.

​The USCGC Spar (WAGL 403) was commissioned in 1944 and assigned to Boston from 1944 to 1946. In 1946 she was transferred to Wood’s Hole and in 1951 was moved to Bristol, Rhode Island. In 1957 the Spar, along with sisters Bramble and Storis, made an historic voyage circumnavigating North America via the Panama Canal and Northwest Passage. In 1966 she Made A 17,000 Mile Journey Across The Atlantic And All Throughout Europe.During 1974-79 several of these cutters underwent a major renovation, including removal and overhaul of all the mechanical systems. The main engines and propulsion systems were rebuilt and a 200-HP bow thruster was installed. Berthing space was increased in the forward hold and they were recabled and repiped. The tenders to receive this rebuild were:Bramble, Sassafras, Sedge, Ironwood, Mariposa, Acacia, Woodrush, Sweetbrier, Hornbeam, Sundew, Firebush and the Spar 403.

​Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945

Coast Guard Cutters & Craft
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​A story at sea between Rich Notestine & myself back in 1966.
Im just sitting here and im thinking about the night we went topside to get a smoke I told my wife it was so pitch black out we couldnt see each other at all. I couldnt see my own hand if im correct here Rich we kind of felt our way towards the stern of the ship. It wasnt a rough sea just black I said I even had a hold of your jacket and I dont mean that in a way of affection it was just scary then when I looked straight behind us where the horizon would be I thin whitish line appeared and arched right over our heads all the way to the bow's horizon it was weird.then basically we went up to the bridge to use a pair of binoculars to look at this thing. if you remember it was wild it was billions of stars it was the milky way we were in line with it. .......now if you have any recollections of this Rich
​fire away because I am putting this on my web site.

​​Rich's Reply on 6 / 17 / 2010
Tom you pretty much nailed it. I can't think of anything to add to your story. I also remember being able to see a lot of shooting stars because it was so dark and I remember not being able to see your hand in front of your face. (I like your shot of us in the galaxy) and somehow of all things
​ I remember you hanging on to my jacket. Great times

Great shot of the Spar-403, click onto picture to enlarge