U.S. Coast Guard 36′ Motor Lifeboat
It’s Coast Guard Day, August 4, 2013!
I almost forget to honor the founding of my Service’s birthday, August 4, 1790.
As one might imagine I do build a lot of Coast Guard subjects (most are kitbashed or scratchbuilt) there are very few CG models availible. The model in this entry is the Glencoe 36′ motor lifeboat. Originally issued by ITC models in the late 1950’s, Glencoe has resurected a number of old kits, the Coast Guard 36′ mlb is one such model and a favorite of mine. Motor lifeboats differ (self righting and built for heavy seas) from ship carried lifeboats (ocean liners come to mind) and are shore based at coastal rescue stations.
I’ve built six different “mods” of the 36 footer, all derived from the Glencoe model.
The earliest type was the blue hulled version with sails and oars as an auxillary power, and was part of the US Life Saving Service. Two of the types had motors and sails and the red hull version served in the Canadian Coast Guard. Finally, the grey 36′ was built to be carried on CG icebreakers in WWII as a survey boat, and were used until the 1960’s(painted in CG white). First fielded in 1900, the last wood hull CG 36′ was decommissioned in 1986. The American taxpayers got their money’s worth from this design and many a sailor owes his life to this boat and their intrepid crews. Semper Paratus!
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