One of the proudest achievements in Coast Guard history was the performance of the sixty 83 foot gasoline powered, wooden hull patrol boats of Rescue Flotilla One, that saved 1,438 American and Allied lives during the Normandy landings in June 1944. An average of approximately 24 rescued for each boat.
There is at least one vessel of this class, CG83527, still in near original condition.
She’s in Everett, WA. Unfortunately the boat is not currently open to the public. The caretaker organization is having a hard time keeping the boat up. They need some help. Dan Withers, Cell: 206-947-2303, firstname.lastname@example.org, is heading the organization.
At some point, I hope we will have this vessel, or another of its class, at the new Coast Guard museum being built at New London.