U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER
ANDROSCOGGIN

A BEAUTIFUL LADY
TO THE END

USCGC ANDROSCOGGIN
WPG 68

Keel laid 17 November 1943
Launched 18 June 1944
Commissioned 18 May 1945
Decommissioned 27 June 1973
Sold 7 October 1974
Androscoggin was decommissioned 31 October 1949
until 8 May 1950 and stored at the Yard, recommissioned with
the crew of the MOCOMA (which had run aground off Miami sustaining heavy damage)
and stationed at Miami.

Home Ported
Boston, MA

New York, NY
Miami, FL

Built at WESTERN PIPE AND STEEL CO., San Pedro, California CG hull No. CR-115
10 Feb 1944 - Work began
30 Dec 44 - Keel laid
16 Aug 45 Launched


Miss Doris Hoit Christening Andy on 16 September 1945

4 Oct 46 - Commissioned 050010Z
12 Nov 46 - Departed San Pedro enroute Boston via, Balboa, Coco Solo and Mayport
30 Nov 46 - Arrived Boston, MA
2 May 47 - Ordered ICIR - 021330Z9
Jul 47 - Departed Boston for CGYARD for re-commissioning
5 Nov 47 - Re-commissioned
6 Nov 47 - Departed 061230Z for New York and 14 days afloat training CCGD5
15 Nov 47 - Departed Hampton Roads 152040Z
16 Nov 47 - Arrived Stapleton S. I. Pier #18
6-27 Dec 47 - OS CHARLIE
28 Feb-20 Mar 48 - OS CHARLIE
6-26 Jun 48 - OS ABLE
28 Aug-20 Sep 48 - OS ABLE 21
Sep 48 - SAR - Assistance to S. S. ORION at 51.37N 56-15W
30 Sep 48 - CG Yard - repairs RFS
10-27-48 8-27 Nov 48 - OS CHARLIE - Relieved by BIBB
9-31 Jan 49 -OS DOG - Relieved by WINNEBAGO 292000Z
4 Feb - 5 Mar 49 - New York Naval Ship Yard
14 Mar - 2 April 49 - OS DOG - Relieved by UNIMAK at 030120Z
14 May - 3 Jun 49- OS CHARLIE - Relieved DUANE, Relieved by UNIMAK
3 Jul 49 - Placed In Commission In Reserve (IRIC) status moored Pier #44 Brooklyn N. Y.
19 July 49 - Ordered In Commission and proceed to Curtis Bay, Md. In commission at 1000Q
21 July 49 - Earl, NJ NAD- off load ammo
22 July 49 - Arrived CG YARD Curtis Bay, MD
5 Aug 49 - ICIR 1600Q 31 Oct 49 - 0900R CG YARD Decommissioned for storage this date.


Twin 5" Mount (1950)


8 May 50 - 1315Q Placed in commission at CG Yard. CO, CAPT H. A Loughlin. New crew from the cutter MOCOMA . New homeport Miami, FL
27 Jun 50- 1905R Arrived Miami
2 Aug 50 - SAR 27-29N, 79-52W enroute Miami with M/V SOLARINO in tow
3 Aug 50 - Relieved of tow by commercial Tug EUWIN at 1906R
19 Aug 50 - SAR 28.48N, 77.02W Escorting SS RUSSEL R. JONES to Jacksonville ETA 211400Z 21
Aug 50- 0900R SS RUSSEL R. JONES anchored off St Johns River. Tug HERCULES standing by.
12-15 Dec 50 - Key West training cruise 8-12 Jan 51 - Florida Straits Patrol Miami to Havana Air Cruise
25 Jan 51 - Surveying Aero Lights East Coast Florida
8-9 Feb 51- San Juan
10 Mar 51 - Assuming 72 hour standby status for International Ice Patrol
23 Mar 51- Released from Ice Patrol Duty subject to reassignment required for ice patrol.
27-29 Mar 51 -SAR - Schooner TROPICAIRE unreported enroute from St Petersburg to Havana, Cuba Conducted extensive search area between 22-43N and 27-00N west to 87-00W secured 1443R
29 Mar 16 May 51 - ACUSHNET and ANDROSCOGGIN hereby unconditionally released from Ice Patrol 1951
1 Jun 51- 1105R Departed Miami for CG YARD
7-8 Aug 51- MEDICO - 27-10N 79-40W SS TAURINA
18-20 Aug 51- San Juan
14-18 Dec 51- San Juan
8-9 Jan 52 - Havana, Cuba
10 Jan 52 - Plane patrol psn 24-57N 80-15W
3 Feb- 3 Mar 52 - CG Yard 4 Mar 52 - SAR- 2 Tankers collided 7 mi north Smith Point Light VA, Chesapeake Bay. Tankers SS GULFGLOW and SS IMPERIAL TORANTO able to proceed under own power. Secured SAR
10 Mar 52- 72 hour standby for International Ice Patrol
12 Mar 52 - Status for Ice Patrol changed t two week standby.
16 Apr 52 - SAR - C/C SEA LION 25-22N 79-48W
6-7 May - San Juan 8 May 52 - Charlotte Amalie V.I.
28 May 52 - SAR - PACIFIC REEF
29 May 52 - SAR - Navy PBM ditching
2-5 Sep 52 - Training Cruise Florida Straits
24-27 Oct 52 - Hurricane evacuation in position 26-13N 74-54W
30 Nov-12 Dec 52 - CG Yard
16 Dec 52 - SAR- USNS VELA St Marys Harbor. Secured enroute Argentia to complete fueling
19 Dec- 11 Jan 52- OS BRAVO - Relieved CHINCOTEAGUE, Relieved by CAMPBELL
14-20Jan 53 - SAR Standby Argentia - Relieved HUMBOLDT, Relieved by ABSECON
3 Feb - 14 Mar 53 - OS ALFA - Relieved ROCKAWAY, Relieved by SEBAGO
21 Apr - 12 May 53 - OS HOTEL - Relieved COOK INLET, Relieved by MACKINAC
13-25 May 53 - Bermuda SAR standby Relieved MENDOTA, Relieved by CHINCOTEAGUE
19 Jun 53 - ANDROCOGGIN hereby released from OS duty COMEASTAREA 192215Z
22 Jun - 24 Jul 53 - CG Yard 11 Aug 53 - SAR - SS NUEVO DOMINICANO
19-21 Aug 53 - Training Cruise - Florida Straits 8-11 Jan 54 - Moored United Fruit Company Pier, Havana, Cuba
30 Jan 54 - Patrol Great Isaac Race
12 Mar 54 - Assumed ten day standby for INTICEPAT
15-19 Mar 54 - Key West Fleet Gunnery Exercises
4-7 Apr 54 - SAR - CGC PANDORA in tow to San Juan
21-22 Apr 54 - Nassau, BWI 22 May 54 - Arrived Argentia SAR standby, Relieved HALF MOON 31
May - 2 Jun - MEDICO - rendezvous with SPENCER to remove medico patient
30 Jun 54 - Relieved of Argentia SAR duty
1 July 54 - Released from 1954 Ice Patrol Season duties.
3-4 Aug 54 - SAR 47 ft Yacht MELODY sinking psn 20-35N 73-15W
19 Aug 54 - 26017N 80-03W CGC PAPAW in tow enroute Miami
11-15 Sep 54 - Enroute San Juan with CG83506 in tow
18-22 Sep 54 - Enroute Miami with CGC PANDORA in tow
25-26 Sep 54 - Tampa, Fl - Memorial Services loss of former CGC TAMPA
13-15 Oct 54 - SAR -Swiss M/V GENERAL DUFOUR 25 Oct 54 - SAR - M/V LAUNA
2 Nov -15 Dec 54 - CG Yard 22 Jan 55 - Patrol Ft Lauderdale to Bimini BWI Yacht races
2-4 Feb 55 - Miami Nassau Race escort 7-8 Feb 55 - SAR - F/V CONCORD
9-10 Feb 55 - SAR - 24-15N 80-04W missing Navy Acft BUNR 128679
1 Mar 55 - Assumed 7 day standby Miami for INTLICEPAT
18 Mar 55 - SAR 25-13N 79-12W C/C DELBERN
15-17 Apr 55 -SAR 20-53N 73-19W SS EVICYNTHIA
20 Apr 55 - Proceeding to evacuate passengers ditched CG-1241 25-31N 79-39W 1120R alongside plane
31 May - 10 Jun 55 - Underway training Norfolk, Va.
11 Jul 55 - Termination Ice Patrol Services
15 July approved - CCGD! 111812Z
12 Aug 55 - SAR - Yacht DRAGOON in tow enroute Nassau
10-11 Dec 55 - SAR - 26-12N 83-40W F/V EDWART T in tow enroute Tampa
2 Jan 56 - CAMPECHE PATROL
5-6 Jan 56 - SAR - diverted to assist F/V ST GEORGE and F/V WALLACE BRADLEY disabled in position 23-20N 87-54W
8 Jan 56 - Departed CAMPECHE PATROL enroute Key West for refueling
24-27 Jan 56 - SAR - SS I. R. LASHINS, 6mi north Cape San Antonio, Cuba
2-4 Feb 56 - Training cruise Nassau BWI
7-12 Apr 56 - Engaged in special loran mission assigned by HQ
13-14 Apr 56 - Moored Belize 19-20 Apr 56 - Kingston, Jamaica
21-22 Apr 56 - Puerto Cabezas 25 Apr 56 - Moored Coco Solo
27 Apr 56 - Moored NavSta Rodman CZ
29 Apr 56 - Buenaventura, Colombia
-4 May 56 - Anchored Guayaquil Harbor, Ecuador
7-8 May 56 - Moored NavSta Coco Solo
28 May 56 - SAR - Escorting SS BURCO TRADER to Jacksonville
12-15 Jun 56 - Gunnery and ASW exercises off Key West
9-22 Jul 56 - Reserve Cruise, St Thomas, San Juan and Port au Prince, Haiti
11 Jan -16 Feb 57 - Operating West Coast of Costa Rica
18 Mar - 16 Apr 57 - CG Yard 17 May 57 - Moored San Juan
16 Jun - 5 Jul 57 - CHOP COMFLETRAGRU Guantanamo Bay
7 Jul 57 - SAR - Ketch REVIVE in tow enroute Miami
6-18 Aug 57 - RESERVE TRAINING CRUISE
5-8 Nov 57- Training Cruise
14--21 Jan 58 - CAMPECHE PATROL
25 Jan 58 - SAR - 25-16N 79-44W Yawl MALABAR
2-3 Feb 58 - SAR- 27-27N 79-21W Tug Ft SUMTER
23 Feb - 2 Mar 58 - Bermuda Standby - Relieved by MENDOTA
7-26 Mar 58 - Merrill Stevens Ship Yard, Jacksonville, Fl. 23
Apr 58 - COMEASTAREA SAR EXERCISE off Miami
31 May 58 - SAR - 26-14N 79-54W Yacht VALIENT disabled
14 Aug 58 - SAR - Navy F4D jet flame out


ANDY DURING FILMING OF "ASSAULT ON A QUEEN"

25 Aug 58 - OS OSCAR 29-00N 69-00W
24 Jan 59 - Patrolling Gun Cay yacht race
18 Feb - 21 Mar 59 - CG Yard
28 Apr 59 - Underway 2880528Z enroute INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL
4 May 59 - Relieved INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL vessel ACUSHNET 041100Z
13 May 59 - SAR - SS ULLA
21 Jun 59 - Departed 42-52N 488-50W enroute Miami
13-25 Jul 59 - RESERVE TRAINING CRUISE
10-22 Aug 59 - RESERVE TRAINING CRUISE
16 Nov -5 Dec 59 - Guantanamo Bay training
13-23 Jan 60 - Reykjavik, Iceland for ice ops
4-10 Feb 60 - Glasgow , Scotland
15-29 Mar 60 - Operation BIG SLAM
31 Mar 60 - SAR - ditched AF KC97 28-25N 79-40W
5-8 Jul 60 - SAR - JUANITA II sinking 260 mi SE Port Everglades
10-23 Jul 60 - RESERVE TRAINING CRUISE
7 Aug - 10 Oct 60 - CG Yard 10 Oct 60 - VORTAC evaluation
23 Nov 60 - Arrived OS CHARLIE 231750Z PHASE FIVE VORTAC evaluation
30 Nov 60- 300130Z assumed OS CHARLIE duties less MET
2 Dec 60- 021330Z Relieved OS CHARLIE by MACKINAC
3 Dec 60 - 030015Z Relieved MACKINAC - OS CHARLIE
6 Dec 60 - 061500Z assumed OS CHARLIE duties less MET
8 Dec 60- 081200Z Relieved by MACKINAC , OS CHARLIE
14 Dec 60 - Departed OS CHARLIE 141750Z VORTAC equipment secured
21-23 Dec 60 -SAR - Tanker PINE RIDGE broken in two 35-2N 73-35W
30 Jan 61 - Patrol Miami-Nassau Yacht Race
13 Apr - 7 May 61 - OS CHARLIE Relieved by HALF MOON
26 Jun - 8 Jul 61 - RESERVE TRAINING CRUISE
28 Jun 61 - SAR - M/V BLUEFISH - Gunnery exercises canceled.
27 Jul 61 - SAR - SS RIO ATUEL medico 27022N 73-35W
10-14 Nov 61 - Lisbon, Portugal
18-19 Jan 62 - SAR - MV TROPIC BREEZE 24-04N 85-16W
10 Mar 62 - O/B overdue
12-13 Mar 62- SAR FLYING TRADER, vic Matanilla Shoal, Bahamas. Relieved CGC WALNUT on scene
1 Nov 62 - SAR - Civilian ACFT crash 24-47N 84-04W
14 Dec 62 - SAR - 20 ft I/B O/B MARK THREE overdue vic American Shoals Light
26 Dec 62 - SAR- Escort of SS AFRICAN PILOT Havana to Port Everglades
20-21 Mar 63 - SAR USS STALLION
13 Apr 63 - SAR - M/V ATLANTIC REEFER 18-35N 84-40W
18 May 63 - Escort SS AMERICAN SURVEYOR , Havana to Everglades Fl 18
Aug 63 - Key West Sonar School - providing at-set training for CG students
14 Jan 64 - Enroute OS ECHO
2 Mar - 24 Jul 64 - INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL MOVEMENT REPORT RECORD DISCONTINUED.. EVENTS FROM THIS POINT ON MAY BE MISSING. ANY INFORMATION ON MOVEMENTS/EVENTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
10 Jan 66 - Rescued crew from sinking MV LAMPSIS unable to save vessel.
3 Feb 66 - SAR - On scene distress MV ARION - Awaiting commercial tug to arrive.
19 Feb 66 - Three Cuban refugees from Anguila Cay rescued and transported to Miami
25 May 66 - Embarked 12 Cuban refugees from Cay Lobos and transported them to Key West
Nov - Dec 66 OS ECHO
2 Nov 67 - 2 Sep 68 - Deployment to Viet Nam - Assigned to CG Squadron Three
24 Nov - 16 Dec 68 - OS DELTA
6 Feb - 3 Mar 69 - OS ECHO
2-26 Jun 69 - OS ECHO
16 Aug -8 Sep 69 - OS BRAVO
11 Nov - 4 Dec 69 - OS ECHO
19 Feb 70 - SAR - Disabled MV STELLANOVA
Mar 70 - OS ECHO 3-26 Apr 70 - OS BRAVO
29 Apr 70 - MEDICO - Spanish MV COROMOTO
4 May 70 - MEDICO - USS DAHLGREN off Bermuda
6-29 Sep 70 - OS ECHO
20 Nov -22 Dec 70 - OS DELTA
25 Feb - 20 Mar 71 - OS CHARLIE
30 Jun - 21 Jul 71 - OS ECHO
21 Nov - 17 Dec 71 - OS ECHO
27 Feb -24 Mar 72 - OS DELTA
13 May - 2 Jun 72 - OS DELTA
18 Jul - 7 Aug 72 - OS BRAVO
23 Nov -16 Dec 72 - OS ECHO
23 Feb - 18 Mar 73 - OS ECHO
18 May - 7 Jun 73 - OS CHARLIE
27 Feb 73 Decommissioned from active service
30 Jul 74 - At 1100am ANDROSCOGGIN along with WINNEBAGO and OWASCO put out to bid as per GSA bid No. 3FWS-75-21. Contracting Officer Robert L. Rogers

LET'S HOPE THAT PART OF HER IS BACK AT SEA AGAIN.
THIS IS THE WAY TO REMEMBER HER!
A PROUD LADY!

Famed Cutter "Andy" Retiring From Hot Waters and Cold

  By JAMES BUCHANAN
           
Herald Staff Writer

   They're going to retire the
most famous ship  in South
Florida waters come March 1.
  The government announced
Wednesday the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Androscoggin would be decommissioned "as part of an effort to de-
crease federal spending."
   The 255-foot, one-gun vessel, nicknamed "The Andy", has been a familiar sight to Miamians for almost 23  years since it was first based here in June 1950.

   IT HAS BEEN just as fa-miliar to the North Atlantic iceberg patrol, the isolated weather stations,   the Gulf of Mexico, fleeing Cuban refugees in the Florida  Straits, and the Viet Cong.
   Whether the cutter will be mothballed, sold for scrap or

kept at the base for possible
reactivation the government
hasn't decided.
   Its 12 officers and crew of 127, however, will be reas-signed soon, the Coast Guard said.
   built during World War II, The Andy was launched Sept. 16, 1945, and sailed into Miami in June of 1950.

   SINCE THEN it has served as a training base for hun-dreds of officers and thou-sands or seamen who have sailed her from almost one end of the world to the other.
   And the duties have been almost as varied as the ports of call.
  At times, the Androscoggin froze off the tip of Greenland keeping tabs on iceberg movements.
   Eight months later, it would be boiling beneath the tropical sun in the middle of the Gulf or Mexico relaying weather reports.

   IN BETWEEN, the Andy plied the Caribbean and the Florida Straits on "Cuban Patrol" to pick up refugees fleeing the island on every-thing from inner tubes to homemade rafts and sleek fishing boats that never seemed to have enough gaso-line to make the Keys.
   And it was keeping an eye, too, on the movement of Russian supply ships into and out of the Cuban ports.
   But the pinnacle of the Androscoggin's service probably came in 1968 when she was called upon to sail to Vietnam and help the U.S. Navy bombard and harass the the off-coast trawlers carrying supplies to the Viet Cong.
  "Bombard" is hardly the word for the work of The Andy's single five-inch gun.
   But in the nine months it was on the war front the Androscoggin poured 140
tons of shells into on-shore

supply routes and onto enemy ships attempting to slip along the coastline.

   WITH CDR William H. Stewart of Miami as its skipper at the time, The Andy won and lost a few, but received special commen-dation on March 1, 1968 for helping destroy four heavily loaded enemy trawers.
    One,  according to the official account, bit back, turned its guns on the cutter and attacked.
   CDR Stewart's crew, using its lone major weapon and 50 -caliber machine guns, scored so many direct hits the vessel ran for shore where it was beached and blown to bits.
    The Andy returned to Miami on Labor Day of 1968 and to one of the biggest "Welcome Home" celebrations ever staged at the Coast Guard's MacArthur Causeway Base.

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