Does anyone have any history/info on this style of boat?
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Sorry to fire up an old thread!
Apparently the Coast Guard received 25-30 of these boats circa 1944 for use at coastal Stations. Again approx 10 Mark 3's in the late 50's.
Now I have only scuttlebutt from another forum and the CG history site doesn't have info,
has any one here have any info? PS I've Goggled, Binged, searched the net, No CG history.
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A fairly recent book by the noted maritime author
William D. Wilkerson and Timothy D. Dring, American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the U. S. Life-Saving Service and the U. S. Coast Guard, (Gainesville, University of Florida Press, 2009) does not show this boat.
The photo provided by Tip-Dog does not show the Revenue Ensign so it may have been USN air-sea rescue.
This movie trailer from the Boatnicks on Amazon show a CG painted 63 footer.
Sure this one no doubt a movie prop but an Air Sea Rescue just the same.
Grew up on a Mark 4, 1970's with the Sea Scouts in Kearny, NJ.
Great coastal platform!
My Sea Explorer Ship ASR-1357
Hope it worked!
Tip-dog, Thats the Trident isn't it?
Were you a Sea Scout?
Starboard view with ROTC, 1982
Or 1984 whatever it takes! LOL.
To all: As one of the two authors of the "American Coastal Rescue Craft", I just wanted to explain that, when trying to decide which rescue craft to describe in the book, Bill Wilkinson and I decided (correctly or incorrectly) to generally limit it to those rescue craft that were typically assigned to a lifesaving or lifeboat station during the USLSS and USCG years. There are definitely some boat types that we intentionally (and unfortunately) excluded, including the 63ft. ex-US Army Air Force (AAF)/Navy AVRs. But here is what I know: 63ft. Version R-37A Crash Rescue Boat: 63ft. length, 15ft.3in. beam, 3ft.10in. draft; 23tons light displacement; designed by Fellows & Stewart (Dair N. Long) originally for the Navy, designated as the Mark I/II rescue boat, with 2 Hall-Scott Defender gasoline engines, 1260HP with twin propellers, 33.5kts. maximum speed; 1590gal. fuel; 8 crew; carvel wood hull, double-planked; 6 hospital berths. The Mark I was built by Miami Shipbuilding. None of the Mark I boats were ever procured for AAF use. All of the Mark II boats used by the AAF and/or the USAF were procured during WW II under Navy contracts using Army funds. The AAF had the Mark II boats identified under an Army P-xxx designation. After Sept. 1947, they were given the USAF designation of R-2-xxx. The Navy Mark III boats, produced in late 1952 and early 1953, were designated by the Air Force as R-37-xxx. This boat was an upgraded version of the Mark II by incorporating an all-electric galley for cooking and refrigeration, pressure-fed fresh water system, a surface search radar, and some updated communications/navigation radio equipment. The Navy Mark IV boats, produced in late 1953 and early 1954, were given the Air Force designation of R-37A-xxx. The Mark IV boat was an updated version of the Mark III with an aluminum drop transom stern gate for bringing litter cases aboard without lifting them over the side. These Mark III and IV boats were all built for the Air Force using Korean War funding to replace the old worn out Mark II boats. Constructed of wood, with some planked and others made from marine plywood. It is believed that some of these watercraft were built at the Weaver Boat Yard in Orange Texas, with others from shipyards on the Great Lakes and the Higgins Boat Yard at New Orleans.
It is true that a number of the World War II built 63-footers were transferred toward the end of WWII in 1945 to the USCG for coastal rescue and patrol use, and those boats for which I have 1945 station assignment information are as follows: 63019 and 63020 at SanFrancisco; 63021 at Bodega Bay; 63022 at Fort Point; 63023 at Point Reyes; 63024 and 63070 at Monterey; 63025/63028/63030/63031/63032 at San Diego; 63026, 63027 and 63029 at Santa Barbara; 63033 at Port Hueneme; 63034 and 63041 at Coos Bay; 63035 at Point Adams; 63036 at Neah Bay; 63037 at Grays Harbor; 63038 at Tillamook; 63039 at Yaquina Bay; 63040 and 63074 at Port Angeles; 63042 and 63085 at Key West; 63043/63063/63064/63072/63084 at Miami; 63044 at Freeport; 63045 at Elizabeth City; 63046 at Rockaway Point; 63047 at Salem; 63048 at Cape Cod Canal and Provincetown; 63049 at Eatons Neck; 63050 at Fire Island; 63051 at Sandy Hook; 63052 at Barnegat; 63053 at Assateague Beach and Chincoteague; 63054 at Cobb Island; 63055 at COTP Baltimore; 63056 at Little Creek; 63057 at Biloxi; 63058 at Morgan City; 63059 at Sabine; 63060 at Burrwood; 63061/63062/63073/63105 at Saint Petersburg; 63065 at Ocean City (MD); 63066 at Oregon Inlet; 63067 at Ocracoke; 63069 at Sullivans Island; 63071 at Humboldt Bay; 63075 at Tybee; 63076 at Oak Island; 63077 at New London; 63078 at Manasquan Inlet; 63079 at Atlantic City; 63080/63081/63082 at Cape May; 63083 at Mayport; 63089 at Portsmouth Harbor; 63092 at Menemsha; 63093 at Brant Point; 63094 at Castle Hill; 63101 and 63102 at Pensacola; 63103 at Ponce de Leon Inlet; 63104 at Gasparilla (FL); and 63106 at Corpus Christi.
Most of these boats were in USCG service only from about 1945 to about 1947 or so, and supposedly were real "gas-hogs" and not very cost effective to operate for the newly de-mobilized, post-WWII, budget-restricted Coast Guard. I guess this is another reason that Bill and I chose to exclude them from our book. There is a website for the AAF/Air Force AVRs that has some nice photos and other information on these craft, but does not really talk about their USCG usage. I hope this is helpful. Best regards. Tim Dring
Excellent info Tim!
I always felt that Manasquan, NJ had a 63 from an old aerial shot of the boat docks.
I'm sure that with the Hall-Scott Defender engines burning 100 octane aviation fuel the 63's days were numbered after the war.
Our 63, R-37A-1357 had (2)8v-92's with twin turbo's inter-cooled and after-cooled a top speed of 35 knots! She did haul!
If interested I have a PDF on her history with the Scouts.
Drop a line at email@example.com.
am trying to find info on a crash boat c-26654. my dad was a gunners mate on it in the south pacific but information is getting pretty hard to come by
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It looks like a Navy Torpedo Retriever. My brother owned one in Gloucester that he used as a dive boat.. It almost sank on a number of times out at sea, twice just while ferrying it up from New London. Very cool...
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