Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2016/06/24


“I just had the bittersweet honor of removing the USCGC BOUTWELL from active Coast Guard service, pierside at Coast Guard Island in Alameda. This small event involved the remaining few who have completed the legwork that began with the formal decommissioning ceremony back in March in San Diego. The hull now will sit empty until its prospective owners, the Philippine Navy arrive to take custody.”

Capt. E. Westfall,
Commanding Officer

USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719)
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, LA
Laid down: 1967
Homeport: San Diego, California
Motto: “Best in the West”
Length: 378 ft / 115.2m
Beam: 43 ft / 13.1m
Draught: 15 ft / 4.6m
Speed: 29 knots / 54 km/h
Endurance: 45 days
Complement: 167 personnel

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  1. Barbara Vischer said, on 2016/06/25 at 06:55

    The bowsprite ships on the 2012 tea towel have a new meaning: They hang in the entry of the flat and each of them has the name of one of the inhabitants of my home. On each ship there is a little hook and a card hanging on it which the inhabitant must turn IN or OUT, leaving or entering the flat. It fits my front door very beautifully!

    When will you come and admire it?



  2. ws said, on 2016/06/25 at 14:51

    WHEC-719’s power plant: CODOG Combined Diesel, or Gas Turbine:
    I make picture:

  3. mageb said, on 2016/06/28 at 16:22

    We miss her. Tho she was old, she sure did her job well.

  4. George A. said, on 2016/07/03 at 19:11

    During the 70s I served on the Sherman, WHEC 720. She was based out of Boston then.

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