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The Story of the U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG36500
August 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree – $10
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center along with The Centers for Culture and History in Orleans welcome Richard Ryder & Patricia Hamilton to its Summer Speaker Series.
On February 18, 1952, Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Bernie Webber took Motor Lifeboat CG36500 out of Chatham Station with three crew members, responding to the tanker SS Pendleton that had broken in two off Chatham in a storm. They fought 20-foot waves, hurricane-force winds and blizzard conditions to rescue 32 sailors in what has been called “The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History.” The crew is gone now but the CG36500 lives on, and that is a fascinating rescue story all its own.