Topics: Coast Guard

CHATHAM — Whether it’s about putting a new coat of paint on the rescue boat on the lawn out front or reassuring local boaters that the Coast Guard is ready to respond in an emergency, the new commander of Station Chatham says he’s looking to build strong relationships with the Lower Cape community. Senior Chief Petty Officer Ross Comstock took command in Chatham last month, taking the corner office from former...

Learning History And Lending A Hand

By: Alan Pollock

Mass Maritime Cadets Work On CG36500 CHATHAM — It was a little bit like visiting with a celebrity. For a handful of Mass. Maritime Academy cadets, all future officer candidates in the Coast Guard, spending a morning working on the venerable rescue boat CG36500 left them paint-splotched and starstruck. “It’s incredible. This was the actual boat,” cadet Cole Francavilla said. “It’s crazy.” Francavilla ...

CHATHAM — While the four members of the Gold Medal Lifeboat Crew died years ago, the story of their daring rescue of 32 men from the stricken tanker Pendleton remains very much alive 70 years later. Commemorations of that anniversary took place in Chatham on Friday, involving citizens young and old. In a small ceremony at the Chatham Fish Pier, citizens braced against the cold wind and marveled once again at...

Guest Editorial: Getting The Chatham Bar Rescue Equation Right

By: USCG (Ret.) Captain W. Russell Webster

The town of Chatham and the Coast Guard have been at odds since the Coast Guard downgraded Station Chatham’s surf station designation and discontinued using two 42-foot nearshore surf boats on Jan. 5. Why the change? The Coast Guard’s own data revealed that surf conditions didn’t meet the criteria for Station Chatham to remain specially-designated as it had been for decades. In the meantime, two 45-foot respon...

CHATHAM — After the U.S. Coast Guard downgraded Station Chatham’s surf rescue capabilities, the harbormaster is seeking to buy a surf-capable boat and train staff to respond to emergencies on the Chatham Bar. Harbormaster Stuart Smith has requested a $250,000 placeholder in the capital budget to fund the town’s share of a federal matching grant for purchasing a surf-capable rescue boat. The funds would be ne...

Wreckage Of Missing Plane Located

By: Ryan Bray

Wreckage of a plane missing since Sunday has been located, according to Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith. State police divers, accompanied by Chatham and Harwich harbormaster personnel, spent the morning and part of the afternoon searching an area about a mile and a half off Nauset. They returned to the Chatham Fish Pier about 2:45 p.m. The wreckage was found about two miles east of Nauset Beach, Smith sai...

Officials in Chatham, Harwich and Orleans spent almost two days assisting the Coast Guard in its search for a small plane that was reported missing late Sunday night. But what happened to the vessel and its pilot was still unknown as of late Tuesday. The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for 67-year-old Roger Mills, who was reported missing by a friend after the plane he was operating failed to land as ...

Town Officials Push Markey On Coast Guard

By: Ryan Bray

CHATHAM - Despite the heat and humidity, there was no shortage of visitors to the Chatham Fish Pier Wednesday afternoon. But looking out from the pier’s observation deck, town officials saw past the impeccable views into more pressing issues, among them the uncertainty surrounding future operations of the Chatham Coast Guard Station. The issue was one of several that were brought directly to U.S. Senator Edwar...

Town To Coast Guard: Where Were You?

By: Alan Pollock

Congressional Hearing Sought CHATHAM — After it took the Coast Guard 14 hours to respond to a grounded sailboat on Monomoy Point, the select board is seeking some answers, even if it takes an act of Congress to get them. Which it might. On Tuesday, the board voted to ask Ninth District Congressman Bill Keating to intervene in the case. In a letter authorized by the whole board, Chair Peter Cocolis asked Kea...

ORLEANS – As Maria DeOliveira stared into the hold behind the bow of the US Coast Guard vessel 36500 from its berth at Rock Harbor, she couldn’t hold back her quiet tears. It was aboard this very boat that her father, Aguinol B. DeOliveira, was rescued along with 31 fellow survivors of the famous Pendleton wreck in 1952. Until 2016, DeOliveira, who lives in Dorchester, had no idea the boat was still in existen...

After Outcry, ‘C’ Buoy To Remain

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The U.S. Coast Guard has abandoned plans to remove the lighted whistle buoy “C” that marks the entrance to Chatham Harbor. The news was announced last week by the Coast Guard, which had previously argued that the navigational aid was too difficult to keep on its station in high winds and heavy seas. The Coast Guard pledged to “pursue other additional mooring configurations to help better keep th...

Coast Guard Scraps Plan To Decommission ‘C’ Buoy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM — The U.S. Coast Guard has abandoned plans to remove the lighted whistle buoy “C” that marks the entrance to Chatham Harbor. The news was announced Thursday by the Coast Guard, which had previously argued that the navigational aid was too difficult to keep on its station in high winds and heavy seas. The Coast Guard pledged to “pursue other additional mooring configurations to help better keep the buoy...

Locals Lobby To Keep Buoy; Coast Guard Is Listening

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The U.S. Coast Guard has extended the public comment period on a proposal to remove the “C” buoy, a key navigational aid marking the location of Chatham Harbor. Locals hope the move signals the agency's willingness to revisit or abandon the plan, which they say would endanger public safety. The Coast Guard had set a deadline of this week to receive public comments about the proposal to remove the lig...

Coast Guard’s Buoy Decision Raises Worries

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The U.S. Coast Guard will soon be removing the “C” buoy, the main offshore navigational aid marking Chatham Harbor. And that’s raising a red flag with local mariners. Updating the waterways advisory committee last week, Harbormaster Stuart Smith said the Coast Guard published the decision in the lengthy Notice to Mariners, but no one took notice until he received a call from the chief of the cutter a...

At Long Last, Coast Guard Honors One Of Its Fallen

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM —One-hundred-and-one years ago, 130 men were lost when the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was torpedoed by a World War I German U-boat. This week, the family of one of those men received his Purple Heart. Admiral Andrew Tiongson, center, presents the Purple Heart certificate to Steven (left) and Brad Finch.  Congressman William Keating (behind) wa...