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1973 ❖ First Log Entry USCG STATEN ISLAND (WAGB 278)

at work as an icebreaker.
Official USN photograph was taken in 1961 by
Naval Supply Depot, Seattle, WA.

Photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society©
Seattle, Washington.
First log entry of 1973

Monday 1 January 1973

Moored starboard side to pier nine and one,
At Seattle, berth Alpha in Washington.
Receiving fresh water, telephone, and steam,
Together with air and electrical, in the total extreme.
All standing and warning lamps burn bright,
With the noted exception of the jackstaff light.
Sections two, three and four in sweet liberty,
With the third due back the first of seventy-three,
While sections one and four come back one day later,
To eat on the mess deck we no longer need cater.
At one minute after "Vince" Stauffer detached,
With great plans for retirement soon to be hatched.
At seven-four-five all sections, three comes in,
All just in time to keep complete from sin.
At seven-five-eight an unseen sun rises,
Followed two minutes later by colors to win prizes.
Dousing lights to finish my watch without reprisal,
I stand relieved by Ltjg M.A. Geisel,
Signed by (?)

Interesting data about Coast Guard Wind-class Icebreaker STATEN ISLAND (ex-USS NORTHWIND) 1942-1974 can be viewed here

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