Sea Stories: Coast Guard Light Station Five Finger

Five Finger Islands Lighthouse was built 115 years ago and became a part of the Coast Guard in 1939. The light once guided prospectors into southeast Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and currently serves as a weather outpost for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Data Buoy Center, and remains a marine safety sight for the Alaska Marine Exchange. Hank O’Sullivan provides a first-person recounting of life as a member of the four-person crew stationed at the light in 1977.


Sea stories: Pure salt

Red Shannon devoted 33 years of service to the Coast Guard, logging a record 12 years aboard Eagle. It’s a ship he knows from stem to stern. He first reported in 1954, as a quartermaster first class. His last tour – from 1981 to 1987 was served aboard Eagle as a chief warrant officer and the ship’s sail master. Following Eagle, he earned his master’s license and spent an additional 23 years at sea as the captain of square-riggers and other ships. These experiences, along with his extensive historical knowledge of both sailing and the Coast Guard, make him an ideal instructor for the trainees and crew. He’s still teaching advanced ship handling at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Sea stories: Square-rigger sailors

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Sea stories: Cooking up a storm

It has often been said that maintaining good morale aboard a ship requires a few essential ingredients. For many, that includes delicious food. Aboard Coast Guard Barque Eagle, crewmembers give high marks to the cooking and say it makes the hard work more enjoyable.

machinery rounds

Sea stories: Below decks

The first thing you notice in the engine room of Coast Guard Barque Eagle is the sound, registering in excess of 84 decibels. Located eight feet below the waterline, an unmistakable odor permeates the air. It’s a mixture of machine-grade lube oil and jacket water, essential components for cooling the engine.

Aboard Eagle

Sea stories: Full speed ahead

Somewhere off the coast of New Jersey: As the Coast Guard Barque Eagle sailed into 17 knot winds and 6 to 8-foot seas, officer candidates entered metaphorically uncharted waters. That’s especially true for two United States Coast Guard officer candidates with no previous maritime experience.