83 footer - Model built by Buzz, 2008
"USCG 83412 - JUST COMPLETED"
I served aboard this puppy in 1951. I built this boat model from a copy of the original plans
and fitting it out as I remember it
to be as I served aboard her. The pine wood model is 42 inches
from stem to stern and 8 inches at the beam. It is 4.5 inches from deck to keel and 16 inches
from deck to antenna tip.. Except for the propellers, everything is hand made by Buzz, including the
20 mm gun on the afterdeck, the flags, and the depth charges. The men who served aboard the
83 footer fleet were known as "Iron Sailors On Wooden Ships"! The 83 footer fleet served as an adjunct
to the PT Boats of WWII and served in a similar capcity during the Korean conflict. She was docked
at Monterey Bay Lifeboat Station in Monterey, California.
Monterey Bay Lifeboat Station -Monterey, CA (1951-1952)
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Yocona (Color Photo 1955-1960) In Astoria, Oregon after complete refurbishing
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Yocona (Black and White 1952-1953 during my service) Fields Landing, California
Humboldt Bay Lifeboat Station (1953-Discharge)
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The Gutsy Gourmet at 20 years of age, working the grill.
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