Periscope Sessions: Return of U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat 36542


Hi there! Good morning, we’re on a 1953, 36-foot
motor lifeboat, recently restored by the skilled craftspeople down at
San Francisco Maritime [National Hisitorical Park], and we’re heading back from San Francisco
Bay early in the morning to the boat’s home at Drakes Bay on Chimney Rock at the National
Historic Landmark Boathouse. It’s a life-saving station, it’s been there since 1927 and over
the years in boats like this Coast Guard has gone out to rough seas to rescue people, to
provide aid to people who are in distress
out on the water. This has been a real pleasure to work on the
boat. We get to work on a project with Gordon. The boats are really just from a boat mate’s
perspective, it’s really a unique amazingly well-constructed boat, lots of bronze fittings,
built to shed water easily, just seaworthy, real solid engine, so definitely a boat that
deserves the attention and acclaim that it’s gotten in the past. We got up here So basically the boat is kind of divided in a
couple different sections. We’ve got the survivor’s cabin here, survivor’s cabin so obviously
when they pull people out of the water, they throw them down below up here, lots of room,
everything closes up and but go ahead and take a peek in there and see you notice its
got lot of our gear, but big cozy cabin and everything shuts closed. You can kind of see
there’s a lot of bronze fittings, beautiful bronze hinges, portholes, and everything sort
of…. oops hang on a sec… Everything latches close with water tight
compartments. Up in the bow we’ve got the bowman’s hole up there for handling lines
or for lookout. We’re going to send ranger Gordon up there really something else kind
of conjures the Titanic film of the “King of the World” because you’re right up at the
bow. It’s in a compartment all its own, that also has scuppers and sheds water. And then of course we’ve got our Coast Guard
guys back there working the boat coxswains in training and this is a coxswain there sort of
like Coast Guard coxswains. These guys have to pick lots to see who’d come today and help
us deliver the boat. One of the masterminds behind the whole thing
Bill Doll, Chief of Preservation at San Francisco Maritime. Well I’m very happy this took place, it’s
been a long time since I was involved in it, 2011. And happy to see it go home. So we’ve got almost everything back together
on the boat. We built a new windshield. How’s the boat handling? She handles good! She’s running like a top. Want to take a peak in the engine room?
Sure. So again everything just patches up real loud,
4-71 diesel, take a peek. [ENGINE NOISE] This is one of the classic bulletproof American
made engines and that’s what really made these boats so dependable and well appreciated.

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