I took this photo of what I believe is WPC 1102 Richard Etheridge about three years ago, and I’ve yet to see it or any of the other half-dozen-plus  Sentinel class cutters currently in service because they’re all home-ported around Florida.  So i’m making a request:  if you’re reading this and have a photo of one of these cutters, please share some good ones so that I can post them on this blog?

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They’re all “built on the bayou” so far.

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Like many vessel names, these pay tribute to people although largely unknown should be remembered for remarkable deeds, people like  Webber, Etheridge, Flores, Yered, Norvell, Clark, David (shown below), Sexton, Moore, Evans, and Trump . . . so far.

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The photos above and below I took at the Philadelphia Navy yard a few months ago at a place called Chapel of the Four Chaplains.  If ever you’ve there, just knock on the door and go in and  . . .

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you’ll learn a great story of a sad event from an early February seventy-two years ago.

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Again . . . I’m hoping to see a photo you or someone you know has taken of one of these Sentinel class FRCs.

Photos here all by Will Van Dorp.