Saturday, January 3, 2009

The original Coast Guard Cutter "Point Young"

This blog is dedicated to the boats & men of U.S. Coast Guard Squadron One, Vietnam, so, in addition to sharing some of our highlights from 2008 and the upcoming season, I also planned to provide an occasional thread to some of the history of "SQUADRON ONE", RVN. Starting with the original, Point Young, (CG 82303), The Point Young was the third "Point" class "82 footer" built by the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, MD in 1960. The 82’ patrol boat was the U.S. Coast Guard’s platform for extended offshore search and rescue, law enforcement, military readiness, and pollution response. The 82-foot Point Class Patrol boats were built in the 1960s to replace the aging 83 foot patrol boats. The "82's" proved themselves efficient and seaworthy vessels. The Point Class cutters were named after coastal geographic Points in the United States and were all-purpose cutters. WPB 82301 through 82344 were commissioned without names; at that time the Coast Guard did not name patrol craft shorter than 100 feet. In January 1964 they were assigned names, thus the "Point Class". The Point Young was powered with twin V12, 600h.p. Cummins diesels. (CLICK ON THE IMAGE, TO ENLARGE) 

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