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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?
They’re all “built on the bayou” so far.
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.
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 . . .
you’ll learn a great story of a sad event from an early February seventy-two years ago.
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.
At my age . . . I’ve come to some places where –at each–I could spend a lifetime; choices need to be made. And if I can’t spend that much time at each, the alternative might be to just keep moving . . . since it’s too hard to figure out how
to get access. Those do look like parts of the superstructure of USS New York, which makes the Avondale Shipyard over there somewhere. In the sixth boro, tugboat Dorothy Elizabeth and prison barge Vernon C. Bain come out of Avondale, along with this huge international list.
Bayou Lafourche along 308 sports signs like this, birthplace of lots of Vane Brothers tugs, a Gellatly & Criscione, and several Penn Maritimes.
A couple of twists and turns later, there’s this Bollinger yard, home to the Sentinel-class of Coast Guard cutter. Consider this, two major US shipyards in a town of less than 3000!! Here’s more info on those cutters.
Continue south for 12 miles and you’ll see North American Shipbuilding, one of several Edison-Chouest Offshore facilities. Provider was delivered in 1999.
this nameless variation on Lil Rip,
… let me stop here on this post which breaks my record for number of fotos . . . nameless, but I can almost make out the spelling of TUGSTER on the stern. Is it possible I’ve found myself and my place to settle here? She looks to have some pedigree . . . 1940s lines? Can anyone help with a bit of history here?
I intend to return to the Bayou soon, spend more time, and . . . who knows what might transpire.
All fotos here by either Will or Christina, partners in this jaunt-within-a-gallivant.
For a waterman’s view of the general area, click here.