The black hull, keeper of New York Harbor

As the bitter winter temperatures come to an end and the ice that frosts the Hudson River begins to melt, preparations for the spring and summer months are in full effect as Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker makes its way north towards Albany, N.Y. The Katherine Walker is a 175-foot buoy tender, homeported in Bayonne, N.J. Its major mission includes the servicing of aids to navigation throughout New York Harbor, Western Long Island Sound, the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as other waters along the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey coastlines.

Tugs in formation

A good day to be a 65 sailor

Every day, the harbor tugs perform the wide range of Coast Guard missions of search and rescue, national security, environmental response and maritime mobility as integral members of the local maritime community. Their primary mission in the winter is icebreaking to facilitate the shipping of vital supplies such as home heating oil to communities living in Upstate New York. Through the harshest winter conditions, the tug crews support the 140-foot ice breaking tugs, Penobscot Bay and Sturgeon Bay, both stationed in Bayonne, to keep shipping lanes open.

Video of the Year contest

Day 4: Coast Guard Video of the Year

Our fourth video features the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay breaking ice on the Hudson River in January. Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Romano, a boatswain’s mate on Morro Bay, narrates the b-roll video. Click on the post to watch the video and find out how to cast your vote for your favorite…

Guardian of the Week – BM2 Foster

One year ago today US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing on the Hudson River. The unprecedented incident, the pilot’s ability to safely land the aircraft and the rescue of all 155 passengers and crew would become known as […]