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- Exploring the Past:
Since 2000 Combatant Craft has been focused on the history
of the small US patrol and rescue boat and their
contributions to the American way of life.
2005 we purchased the retired Coast Guard cutter, CG-83527
an 83 Foot wooden Wheeler patrol and rescue boat in Rio
Vista, Ca. We prepared her for travel and brought her up the
Pacific coast to Tacoma. In the mean time we have met many
of her old crew and discovered many fun and some hair
raising stories from those crewmembers. We have continued to
research her history and are always surprised when an
envelope of photos arrives un-announced from someone.
vessels are available that will provide additional veterans
history. They promise to reveal the history of the WWII era,
Korean era services from the men that were there and spent
time on these vessels.
- History for the Future:
We have been providing lectures for family audiences that
introduce the early history of the vessels and the men that
served aboard them. The Puget Sound Maritime Historical
Society has been a great organization to partner with to
promote our historical experiences. Their members and
artifacts continue to enhance our presentations.
developing new programs around the CG-83527 that will
accommodate school groups, and focus on concepts of
mathematics, engineering and history.
- Preserving the Boats
CCoA was founded by people interested in preserving
Military vessels and keeping them operational. You can
become part of effort by becoming part of our volunteer
crew. We depend on volunteers to complete our long and short
volunteer you will be able to work with men that served
aboard these actual boats or in similar circumstances around
past three years the boat has been very active and
participated in many very visible public events, among them
2005 yachting season Opening Day in Seattle, Coast Guard
D-Day at Normandy Anniversary in 2006, Armed Forces Day
commemoration in 2007 and many exhibit visits to port
communities throughout Puget Sound.
after undergoing major restoration work in Port Townsend
this winter, this last of the wooden Coast Guard patrol
boats in military configuration is being readied for its
Tall Ships Tacoma participation with the Eagle
and other summertime activities. The following work was
completed this summer.
Replaced most of the framing for the port and starboard
rudder and struts
Replaced port and starboard propellers.
Replaced lower guard rails and repaired mid guard rails
Stripped all hull paint back to the bare planks
any repairs and primered
Applied bottom paint (lower) and primer (upper) hull.