Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 15, 1948 - STORIS transferred to Juneau to begin legendary Alaska career

A look back at a moment in STORIS history

September 15, 1948 - After a brief period decommissioned and in storage following World War II, the Coast Guard decides to transfer STORIS to Juneau, Alaska to take up the cargo carrying duties performed by the C1-M-AV1 class cargo ship USCGC UNALGA (WAK-185). The UNALGA had been transferred to the Coast Guard from the Navy for use as a supply ship to help construct and supply LORAN stations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. STORIS quickly established herself as an extremely capable vessel for the LORAN duties. Her capabilities as a staunch, seaworthy SAR platform, Law Enforcement unit, and Bering Sea Patrol vessel in Alaskan waters would become legendary. She would be based in Juneau until late 1957, when she transferred to Kodiak, her homeport for the remainder of her illustrious Coast Guard career.

Photo ca. late 1940s, early 1950s - from the collection of the STORIS Museum

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