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USCGC Elderberry goes in for repairs


Peter Keutmann

USCG Elderberry will spend the next twelve weeks in dry dock in Ketchikan for regular maintenance and repairs.

The USCGC Elderberry is currently at the Base Support Unit Ketchikan Marine Ways for a 12-week, dry dock maintenance, said First Class Machinery Technician Cameron Peterson.

The scheduled maintenance began on Feb. 15 and will include the replacement of about 60 square-feet of hull plating on the port (left) side of the 65-foot cutter.

Other repairs and maintenance, that require the cutter to be out of the water to complete, include shaft seal replacement, prop inspection and repair, shaft and rudder inspections and hull zinc replacement. Also, the fathometer (depth sounder) transducer will be replaced

According to Peterson, this type of maintenance gets accomplished at a dry dock or dockside site, about once every two years.

During the dry dock, the 11-member crew will stay in the barracks on the base and will help out with the dry dock as inspectors to make sure the work gets done properly, Peterson said.

The cutter is responsible for approximately 300 “Aids to Navigation” between Juneau and Ketchikan, Peterson said. During the Elderberry's absence those duties fall to the USCGC Maple based out of Sitka, the USCGC Anthony Petit based out of Ketchikan.

The Elderberry, built by Reliable Welding Works in Olympia, Wash., was commissioned in June of 1954 and has called Petersburg home ever since.


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