US Coast Guard Auxiliary Sturgeon Bay-Algoma

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Sturgeon Bay-Algoma U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla in Sturgeon Bay-Algoma WI. We serve Wisconsin's only Coast Guard City- Sturgeon Bay, the entire Door Peninsula, as well as the Kewaunee County Lakeshore.

Operating as usual

02/13/2021
Please Wear It

All ice is dangerous. Know what to do if your situation on the ice turns deadly.

If you live near or visit places where lakes or ponds freeze, you should view this video to learn some simple self-rescue techniques in case you fall through the ice. Wearing a life jacket can significantly assist in the ice self-rescue process. #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns

02/10/2021

The boating season is right around the corner. Help us keep Door & Kewaunee County Boaters safe! Consider dedicating some of your free time and join the Coast Guard Auxiliary. What is the Auxiliary? We are civilian, volunteers who train, teach, and endeavor to be Always Ready to make a difference on the water here at home.

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City
02/05/2021

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

Earlier today Air Station Traverse City launched two helicopters to respond to reports of over 60 ice fishermen stranded on an ice floe near Sturgeon Bay, WI. The ice had broken free from land, and high winds associated with the approaching winter storm system quickly pushed the floe farther away from shore. Ice continued to crack into smaller sections throughout the crews' time on scene. The helicopter crews lowered rescue swimmers to the ice to help coordinate the rescue as local first responders and other Coast Guard ice rescue assets arrived. After additional assets arrived, the helos continued conducting overflights of the area looking for signs of distress and vectoring ice rescue boats to groups of shanties. Thanks to all our local partners for their swift response and efficient work in evacuating over 60 people from the ice!

No ice is "safe" ice. Always check the weather before heading out, use the buddy system, and wear your life jacket. Ensure you have a reliable form of communication such as a radio as well. The more prepared you are, the better!
#USCGGreatLakes #greatlakeswintersafety

Station Sturgeon Bay a part of large ice rescue effort.
02/05/2021
UPDATE: 66 fishermen rescued from Bay of Green Bay

Station Sturgeon Bay a part of large ice rescue effort.

(WFRV) – According to the Coast Guard, 66 ice fisherman were rescued from the Bay of Green Bay. Chief Deputy Patrick McCarty with the Door County Sheriff’s Office says they got a report…

Safe Boating Campaign
02/02/2021

Safe Boating Campaign

Either way – get the boat ready!
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#groundhogday #wearit

Never Forget.
01/28/2021

Never Forget.

#ThrowbackThursday #OTD 1980 CGC Blackthorn tragically sank in Tampa Bay after colliding with the tanker Capricorn. Twenty-three Coast Guard personnel were killed but 27 survived due to the #heroic efforts of Seaman Apprentice William Ray "Billy" Flores. #USCGhistory

Rest In Peace shipmates. We have the watch.
01/28/2021

Rest In Peace shipmates. We have the watch.

40 years ago today, USCGC Blackthorn collided with an oil tanker, killing 23 men on board. Several men abandoned ship, but 19 year old SA William Flores stayed behind, using his belt to secure open the PFD locker, ensuring enough life jackets floated to the service. 27 survived, a number that would’ve been lower if not for his swift actions.
Flores is a prime example of the United States Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. BZ, shipmate.

https://www.history.uscg.mil/Browse-by-Topic/Notable-People/All/Article/1853915/seaman-apprentice-william-r-flores/

A warship built on the Door Peninsula remains in the hands of North Korea. #TDIH
01/23/2021

A warship built on the Door Peninsula remains in the hands of North Korea. #TDIH

On this day in history: In the early 1940’s Kewaunee Shipbuilding (on the Door Peninsula) was building ships for the U.S. Army and Navy. One of them was an Army freight & supply (FS) ship that was eventually transferred to the Navy and renamed the USS Pueblo. On 23 January 1968 The Pueblo was attacked by North Korean forces. One of her crew was killed, the others taken prisoner. They were released 11 months later. The ship is still in North Korean hands and is still a commissioned warship of the United States. #TDIH More on the Pueblo incident can be found here: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/uss-pueblo-captured

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 095-47 Green Bay
01/20/2021

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 095-47 Green Bay

Congratulations to our Division 47 leadership as they take the bridge for all of NE Wisconsin. William Miehe takes over as our new Division Commander, and Greg Bergner as our Vice Division Commander. Division 47's Area of Responsibility covers the lakeshore from Sheboygan north to Rock Island, west to Menominee MI, and south through Green Bay, the Fox Cities to the south shore of Lake Winnebago. We have flotilla's in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Green Bay, and Sturgeon Bay.

Bravo Zulu to our shipmate Dennis Kellner from the Green Bay Flotilla for being named the Division 47 Coast Guard Auxili...
01/19/2021

Bravo Zulu to our shipmate Dennis Kellner from the Green Bay Flotilla for being named the Division 47 Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year!

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 905-47, Green Bay names Dennis Kellner as Division Auxiliarist of the Year. The list of accomplishments and contributions is long, however, one action is worthy of noting here. When the Coast Guard Auxiliary had had to stand-down due to the pandemic in the midst of teaching multiple Boating Safety classes Dennis quickly identified a path for the boating safety education classes to continue online. His efforts had immediate positive impact across the region, and the nation.
Because of Dennis' quick action, Coast Guard Auxiliary boating safety education programs were able to stay afloat nationwide despite the pandemic. Bravo Zulu Dennis and congratulations.

U.S. Coast Guard Northeast
01/18/2021

U.S. Coast Guard Northeast

As a trailblazer for civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr. represented the ideas of perseverance, equality and respect for people of all backgrounds.

Those same ideas are embraced within the U.S. Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect & Devotion To Duty.

#MLK #MLKDay #USCG
Admiral Karl Schultz Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Go Coast Guard

Check out the tower behind the 41 at the Door County Maritime Museum! #GoPackGo
01/16/2021

Check out the tower behind the 41 at the Door County Maritime Museum! #GoPackGo

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
01/01/2021

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

On behalf of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, we wish everyone a safe, thoughtful and Happy New Year! 🇺🇸

Tonight, we especially think about our active-duty Coast Guard, our troops and our first responders who are always there guarding and protecting us. May you always stay safe and happy. We salute you!

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Copyrighted Artwork by Ruth Logsdon. Used with written permission for this post. Thank you.

12/25/2020
United States Coast Guard Band

Merry Christmas from all of us in The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on the Door Peninsula. Stay safe and healthy! #HolidayCheer

Merry Christmas Eve from all of us in The United States Coast Guard Band! Stay safe and healthy! #HolidayCheer

12/25/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan

🥶‼️Cold Weather Precautions ‼️🥶

Cold air and freezing water temperatures significantly decrease survival time for persons immersed in the water or exposed to the elements. Before heading out on the water, the Coast Guard asks for you to remember the following:

1. Take precautions, not chances. The risk of death from accidental immersion during cold weather seasons is higher than in warm seasons. The water is colder and survival time is greatly diminished.
2. Dress for the water temperatures. Cold water lowers body heat dramatically faster than cold air. Even if you are not planning on entering the water, the possibility of that happening is very real. An unexpected fall overboard is one of the leading factors in boating deaths.
3. Never leave without a VHF-FM radio or personal locator beacon and always be sure to tell someone where you are going, when you expect to return and advise them of any changes in the plan. Every minute counts in a cold-water environment, and preparation may mean the difference between life and death. Freezing temperatures drain battery life in electronic devices quickly.

Mariners are encouraged to check forecast and water temperatures in preparation for their trips using local weather guidance or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association resources.

Photos taken off Cave Point on Saturday by Mr. Bob DeNoto, with the Door County Sail & Power Squadron. Waves 10-12 feet ...
12/14/2020

Photos taken off Cave Point on Saturday by Mr. Bob DeNoto, with the Door County Sail & Power Squadron. Waves 10-12 feet and a USCG 45' RBM from Station Sturgeon Bay on watch.

The Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay (WTGB-103) underway this morning headed for Lake Michigan.  Photos shot from top of ne...
12/08/2020

The Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay (WTGB-103) underway this morning headed for Lake Michigan. Photos shot from top of new tower at Door County Maritime Museum (Photos R.K. Osgood SO-PA 095-47). #DCMaritime #USCG

Today is the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  #NeverForget those we lost that day.  The U.S. Coast Guard...
12/07/2020

Today is the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. #NeverForget those we lost that day.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WHEC-37 (the Taney) is the last surviving warship that was present and returned fire that day at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941.

Following Pearl Harbor, WHEC-37 patroled around Hawaii until 1944 when she was ordered to the Atlantic for convoy duty. She returned to the Pacific in 1945 to participate in the Okinawa campaign and the occupation of Japan. After service in Vietnam, she was decommissioned in 1986 and is now a museum ship in Baltimore. #PearlHarbor79 More here: https://historicships.org/explore/uscgc-taney

December 2019... taken from the U.S.C.G. Cutter Mobile Bay while transiting the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal.  (Photo by ...
12/03/2020

December 2019... taken from the U.S.C.G. Cutter Mobile Bay while transiting the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal. (Photo by K. Osgood USCG AUX DIV 47 SO-PA)

Care to guess where this historic Coast Guard vessel now calls home?
12/03/2020

Care to guess where this historic Coast Guard vessel now calls home?

Where is she today? This 110 foot long U.S. Coast Guard ice-breaking tug launched on March 23 1939 as the "Naugatuck" (WYT 92). She served our country until 1979 and today still works on the Great Lakes and waters of Door County. Know her name? Well she's moored just astern of the Tug John Purves, and is part of the Sarter Marine tug fleet. This is the "Jimmy L."

From all of us in Flotilla 095-47-06 Sturgeon Bay to our entire Door County boating community... We wish you a Happy & S...
11/26/2020

From all of us in Flotilla 095-47-06 Sturgeon Bay to our entire Door County boating community... We wish you a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Sturgeon Bay-Algoma
11/25/2020

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Sturgeon Bay-Algoma

11/25/2020
Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.
11/25/2020

Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.

We're thankful for the US Coast Guard service men and women, Santa Claus, and each person who stopped by to visit with Santa on the Tugboat John Purves on Saturday, November 14. Thanks also to everyone who honked, flashed lights and waved as they passed by the Museum - we noticed!

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 47-02 Green Bay, WI
11/22/2020

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 47-02 Green Bay, WI

#OTD a #legend was born

Some call it courage; he called it #duty. Today, we honor the birthday of one of our greatest heroes, Joshua James. During his time serving in the U.S. Life Saving Service, James is said to have saved more than 1,000 lives.

Read more here: http://ow.ly/bNbN50Cofl2

Admiral Karl Schultz
11/15/2020

Admiral Karl Schultz

Please join me in welcoming the new National Commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Alex Malewski! Commodore Malewski previously served as Vice National Commodore and Deputy National Commodore Atlantic East and Operations. I am excited to work with you as you lead the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the 23,500-strong uniformed volunteer component of the Service.

Furthermore, I want to personally thank Commodore Larry L. King for his years of dedication to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The significance of Auxiliary support to recreational boating safety, awareness, and many other Coast Guard missions has never been greater and remains essential to our Nation’s maritime homeland security.

Fair winds and following seas Commodore King!

11/15/2020
Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.

Proud that our boat crew from station Sturgeon Bay had the opportunity to deliver Santa safely to the Door County Maritime Museum!

The United States Coast Guard safely delivered Santa to the Door County Maritime Museum for tonight’s Santa on the Tug and lighting event! Thank you and Bravo Zulu to the boat crew from USCG Station Sturgeon Bay!

U.S. Coast Guard
11/13/2020

U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is hiring!

Are you ready to jump into a career unlike any other? Chat with a recruiter today at http://ow.ly/8rsG50CiLlw

#SemperParatus #USCG #GoCoastGuard #militarycareer #USA

Our friends at the Door County Maritime Museum have lit their new Maritime Lighthouse Tower in red white and blue tonigh...
11/11/2020

Our friends at the Door County Maritime Museum have lit their new Maritime Lighthouse Tower in red white and blue tonight in honor of Veterans Day! #CoastGuard #coastguardcity #dcmaritime 

Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.
11/10/2020

Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc.

45 years ago today, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush was ordered out, "at full speed" into the storm in response to the reported sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Capt. Jimmie Harris Hobaugh was the captain of the Woodrush which arrived on scene less than 24 hours after the Fitzgerald vanished.

The crew combed the area along with the SS William Clay Ford and the SS Arthur M. Anderson until daybreak, when debris and oil were finally located.

Captain Hobaugh was born in 1935 in Noble, Oklahoma. After some college, he enlisted in the Coast Guard as a Seaman Recruit and worked his way up to Chief Boatswaine's Mate. and eventually Captain of the Cutter Woodrush.

Along the way he was a member of the honor guard for President John F. Kennedy’s funeral, attended Officer’s Candidate School and worked his way upward from Ensign to Captain. He was stationed on shore and on ships on the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior in all sea conditions.

It was during his time as captain of the Woodrush, a buoy tender based in Duluth, that he made his mark in Lake Superior history. During that fateful storm in November of 1975, he and his crew risked their lives to search for survivors and wreckage of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Later he would return with the Woodrush and U.S. Navy salvage ships to survey the underwater wreckage.

He was often called for interviews and speaking engagements about his experiences with Fitzgerald.

He retired from the Coast Guard after 37 years of service in 1991, and he and his wife chose to stay in Sault Ste. Marie rather than move back to Oklahoma because they loved the area and the people. He worked as executive director for Le Sault de Ste. Marie Historic Sites for several years.

Captain Jimmie Hobaugh passed away in December of 2014.

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 095-47 Green Bay
11/10/2020

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 095-47 Green Bay

"We are holding our own."...

At 1415 hours (2:15 pm) on November 9, 1975 the Great Lakes freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald departed Superior, Wisconsin, en route Detroit, Michigan. She would never arrive, lost in a violent storm on Lake Superior the next day. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush (WLB 407), the only cutter available to respond to the Fitzgerald sinking, was ordered from Duluth at "full speed" through a "gale and high seas." Arriving on scene, Cutter Woodrush combed the area along with the merchant vessels SS William Clay Ford and SS Arthur M. Anderson until daybreak, when debris and oil were finally located. Fitzgerald's crew of 29 perished, no bodies were ever recovered.

Timeline for the the last voyage of SS Edmund Fitzgerald

NOV. 9, 1975

2:15 p.m. The Edmund Fitzgerald, captained by Ernest McSorley, finishes loading 26,116 tons of taconite in Superior, Wis., and departs for Detroit's Zug Island. The storm that would sink the ship is gathering force over Kansas on a northwest path toward Lake Superior.

5 p.m. Fitzgerald encounters Arthur M. Anderson, captained by Jesse Cooper, and the two ships proceed east on similar courses, separated by about 10 to 20 miles. Three hours later, the National Weather Service issues a Gale Warning for all of Lake Superior.

NOV. 10, 1975

1 a.m. Fitzgerald passes approximately 20 miles due south of Isle Royale.

2 a.m. Fitzgerald and Anderson agree to take northern route across the lake for protection from the gale. NWS upgrades forecast to a Storm Warning, predicting northeast winds 35 to 50 knots and waves 8 to 15 feet.

7 a.m. Fitzgerald calls company office to report a delayed arrival due to worsening weather conditions. Ship is approximately 35 miles north of Copper Harbor.

1 p.m. Fitzgerald is 11 miles NW of Michipicoten Island. Anderson is approximately 20 miles northwest of the island, reporting 20-knot winds and 12 foot waves.

1:40 p.m. Fitzgerald radios Anderson to talk weather and course changes. Capt. McSorley reports his ship is "rolling some." Fitzgerald cuts closer to Michipicoten Island while Anderson cuts west a bit to take rising seas from astern.

2:45 p.m. Anderson changes course to avoid Six Fathom Shoal area north of Caribou Island. Fitzgerald is about 16 miles ahead. Heavy snow begins to fall and the Fitzgerald is lost from sight. It's the last time the ship would be seen by human eyes.

3:20 p.m. Anderson records 43-knot winds and 12 to 16 foot waves.

3:30 p.m. Fitzgerald calls Anderson to report damage and say the ship would slow to let Anderson catch up. Minutes later, Coast Guard issues directions for all ships to find safe anchorage because the Soo Locks have been closed.

McSorley: "Anderson, this is the Fitzgerald. I have sustained some topside damage. I have a fence rail laid down, two vents lost or damaged, and a list. I'm checking down. Will you stay by me til I get to Whitefish?"

Cooper: "Charlie on that Fitzgerald. Do you have your pumps going?"

McSorley: "Yes, both of them."

4:10 p.m. Fitzgerald radios Anderson to request navigational help.

4:30 p.m. Fitzgerald passes 3 to 5 miles east of Caribou Island. Many theorize the ship unknowingly struck the poorly marked 6 Fathom Shoal on the island's north side, but that has never been conclusively proven. The debate rages to this day.

4:39 p.m. NWS revises forecast again, predicting northwest winds 38 to 52 knots with gusts to 60 knots and waves 8 to 16 feet.

5:30 p.m. Fitzgerald is advised by Swedish ship Avafors the Whitefish Point beacon and light are disabled by power failure.
Avafors: "Fitzgerald, this is the Avafors. I have the Whitefish light now but still am receiving no beacon. Over."

Fitzgerald: "I'm very glad to hear it."

Avafors: "The wind is really howling down here. What are the conditions where you are?"

Fitzgerald: (Undiscernable shouts overheard) "DON'T LET NOBODY ON DECK!"

Avafors: "What's that, Fitzgerald? Unclear. Over."

Fitzgerald: "I have a bad list, lost both radars. And am taking heavy seas over the deck. One of the worst seas I've ever been in."

Avafors: "If I'm correct, you have two radars."

Fitzgerald: "They're both gone."

6 p.m. Anderson struck by 25-foot wave.

7:10 p.m. Anderson calls Fitzgerald with navigation instructions. The ship is about 10 miles behind the doomed freighter.

Anderson: "Fitzgerald, this is the Anderson. Have you checked down?"

Fitzgerald: "Yes we have."

Anderson: "Fitzgerald, we are about 10 miles behind you, and gaining about 1 1/2 miles per hour. Fitzgerald, there is a target 19 miles ahead of us. So the target would be 9 miles on ahead of you."

Fitzgerald: "Well, am I going to clear?"

Anderson: "Yes. He is going to pass to the west of you."

Fitzgerald: "Well, fine."
Anderson: "By the way, Fitzgerald, how are you making out with your problem?"

Fitzgerald: "We are holding our own."

Anderson: "Okay, fine. I'll be talking to you later."

7:15 p.m. Fitzgerald disappears from Anderson radar. More than an hour later, the Coast Guard begins an active search. The 29 crew members aboard all perish.

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Sturgeon Bay, WI

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We are a volunteer force multiplier for the US Coast Guard. We are proud to serve Wisconsin's Coast Guard City, Sturgeon Bay and surrounding area from the northern tip of the Door Peninsula, south to Kewaunee. Our unit is involved with many activities with and for the US Coast Guard. We teach Boating Safety Classes, conduct free vessel safety checks (recreational and UPV), set up and man informational booths at events in the community, visit schools and organizations teaching water and boating safety, and also train and operate on the water. Coastie is available to visit with the children at events, meetings, or schools. Check out some posts on recent events. Interested in supporting Coast Guard and Boating Safety in the area. Join Us!

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