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USCG Rescue Craft Restored and Launched


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Historic and now restored rescue craft motoring ...

A 1930s Coast Guard rescue craft once used at the Chicago Coast Guard station at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois has been restored and launched in Michigan.

After the vessel was retired from duty, it was sold and eventually found its way to Nantucket, Massachusetts where it was used as an outdoor exhibit for ten years.

Maritime enthusiast Jeff Shook of Michigan acquired the boat in order to restore it and help publicize the efforts of the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy in preserving an historic 1909 U. S. Life Saving Service 36-foot Motor Life Boat, which is the last surviving craft of its type where the crew was awarded Gold Medal. To learn more about these efforts visit www.MichiganLights.com

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