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Time To Move The CG36500 To A Special Place of Its Own

CG 36500 Lifeboat

Photo credit Richard Besciak

The 36500’s active-duty service has come and gone now, but it and its incredible story live on. For more than 40 years, the Orleans Historical Society/CHO has had the honor of restoring, operating and preserving this treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now the CHO has the duty to see it better protected and preserved to inspire many generations to come.

70th Anniversary of Pendleton Rescue

On February 18, 1952, the crew of the CG36500 set out from Chatham Harbor (Massachusetts) to rescue crew members of the tanker S.S. Pendleton that had split in two during a ferocious winter storm. This night mission was extremely dangerous, even suicidal. Miraculously, the CG36500 returned to the Chatham Fish Pier with 32 survivors from the ship. To this day, it is considered “the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history.” Seventy years later, the CG36500 returned to the Fish Pier to participate in ceremonies honoring those involved in this disaster and historic rescue.

The Finest Hours trailer by Disney, January 2016

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission. This film was directed by Craig Gillespie, starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana.

Watch Trailer on YouTube

Buy the Book, The Finest Hours, in our Museum Store

"Unbelievable Coast Guard Rescue" on CBS News, October 2015

"This may be the most amazing rescue of Americans at sea you've never heard of. So much went wrong that day that four Coast Guardsmen didn't know if they would make it back to shore." Mark Albert, CBS News

Watch report from CBS

CG 36500 News and Video Archives

The Caretakers of the CG36500, The Heroes Boat by Brian Tracy, from Cape Codder, June 2016

"The Little Boat That Could" in Boston Globe August 2015

"Volunteers Care for Famous Coast Guard Boat" from August 2015  See article here.

Volunteers Care for Famous Coast Guard Boat - Sunday Journal

2014 - 2015 Event Images Gallery

"Orleans' CG36500 Always at the Ready" by Doreen Leggett

Wicked Local Orleans, September 2014

See Coast Guard Compass article HERE on Groundbreaking Ceremony

at the USCG Museum in New London, CT, May 2014

CG36500 Meets CGSC Berbard C. Webber, 2014

The CG 36500 met up with the newly commissioned (2012-04-14) 154 foot long Coast Guard Sentinel Class cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, when she came North from her home port in Miami Beach, Florida. The significance of the first of a new class of cutter being named after Coxswain Webber should not be lost on anyone who has a sense of Coast Guard history, as in the past the Coast Guard has named their vessels after Secretaries of The Treasury, capes, points, winds, sharks, and flowering shrubs. Not to mention other high profile people like Alex Haley, Abbie Burgess, etc. This class will bear the names of heroic enlisted men and women of the Coast Guard. What an honor to be the first in a class of commissioned U.S. vessels!

July 4th Parade, 2013. Orleans, MA

Special thanks to Nauset Marine services for excellent towing through the parade route.

July 4th Parade, 2012. Chatham, MA

Part of the Chatham activities marking the 300 Year Celebration.

The Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport, 2009

Awarded 'Power, Owner Restored 1st Place' and 'Judges Choice'.    

The Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport, 2008

Awarded 'Power, Owner Restored 1st Place' and 'Judges Choice'.

More articles about the Making of the Disney Movie The Finest Hours

Scrapbook made for the cast and crew of The Finest Hours

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