Save USS Shackle/USCGC Acushnet

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Davan L. Scott
em nome de Steven Haverty Jr.
 DULUTH, MN
Greetings,

I'm Ltjg. Davan Scott, Commanding Officer of Twin Ports Division, U.S. Navy Cadets, here in Duluth, MN. The reason our unit is creating this page, is because our command has an excellent opportunity, not just for us, but, our region and country as a whole.

We currently volunteer our time to help crew a decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter, the USCGC Sundew and have been regularly searching for a vessel of our own over the course of 6 years now. A couple of other Navy Cadet units operate some small vessels on the lower lakes, but, there is no boat on the upper lakes region. Being that we live in the world's largest freshwater harbor, it seems odd that there is nothing to this capacity in Duluth.

Recent events have come about to turn our search into a reality. As the cadet corps cannot own property, we are seeking support in both finances and holdings to acquire the vessel.

Twin Ports Division, has been in communication with officials in Anacortes, WA, over the sale of a retired, 213' Navy/Coast Guard vessel. The former USS Shackle/USCGC Acushnet. Built in 1943, it has seen action with the Navy in WWII as the salvage ship, USS Shackle. It assisted damaged ships, cleared the channels in wake of Pearl Harbor, and was involved with the landings in Okinawa and Iwo Jima. In 1946 when transferred to the Coast Guard, the vessel was renamed USCGC Acushnet and made 27 drug busts large and small while operating around the United States throughout it's career. It was also the last WWII veteran to still operate within the U.S. Military. In 2011, it was decommissioned and was sold to the civilian sector for $1.1 million. The ship is currently in the custody of a shipyard in Washington state where it has been on the open market now for years. Just waiting, fully functional. Since the ship is military specific in design, not much interest has been shown from buyers, leaving this historic ships' fate uncertain.

Our unit found out about the ship a month and a half ago (January 10th) which is now only going for $250,000 and we were told by the broker that the price is negotiable, as the shipyard just wants to get rid of it since it's just taking up space. It has nearly all of its equipment still onboard, fully functional with an estimated 50,000 gallons of fuel still onboard. The ship is sitting, waiting. Our unit would benefit from acquiring this historic ship as we would finally have a permanent duty station again for our unit. We used to drill at the Navy Reserve Center in Duluth, until it closed in the early 2000's. We currently drill out of the American Legion in West Duluth During the winter months, and on the Sundew during the summer. This makes things very difficult for us at times.

Twin Ports Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.(USNSCC) is a national, non-profit, that is chartered through the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy League, for training Cadets AGES: 13-18, the same skills found out in the fleet, at the reserve and active duty level. Since the Navy Cadet Corps. is sanctioned by the Department of the Navy and Secretary of the Navy, the USNSCC is recognized as a military entity, in which, cadets also wear the same uniforms as active sailors. Cadets are not obligated to join any branch of the military after a successful completion of their enlistment in the Corps; however, if they choose to join the military, they will be eligible for advancement after completing Recruit Training. The first 3 ranks they achieve in the Corps.(E-1 to E-3) are their ranks if they choose to go active in the Navy or Coast Guard. All other branches are normally E-2, due to the differences in the non-maritime services. If a military path isn't desired after successful completion of their time in Twin Ports Division, college scholarships can also be attained through the Navy Cadet Corps. Please view the pictures on this page and our website to see Twin Ports Division in action. Our command specializes in Medical and Damage Control.(shipboard fire fighting)  
 
We are seeking aid from organizations for assistance on this opportunity of a lifetime! We would like to acquire the ship and have it here in Duluth. Our goal is to return it to it's navy colors and use the ship as our permanent duty station, and sail it of course. We aren't stopping there however. We would also like to use the ship to:

-Train other navy cadet units that are not near water on a national level

-Train naval reserve and coast guard personnel

-Work with local and national first responder agencies

-Be a source of harbor security/search and rescue

-Aid in Limnology(Study of the lakes)and scientific research with the EPA and universities

-Host a multitude of public relation missions

-Remain a living piece of maritime history (Acushnet is the last WWII ship to serve in the military)

-Continue to teach maritime trades and navy life to young adults

-Support and stimulate our local economy through community involvement

I know this is something that many organizations, companies and industries would be foolish NOT to be involved with. The outpouring of support for this undertaking at the local and national level, is an opportunity for businesses to be a part of something that they can be proud of and market themselves too. It will benefit the Port of Duluth by having an iconic piece of history that we can all stand behind as Duluth is very proud of it's history, preservation of history, and contributions to the nation on all fronts through production and trade.

We have heard recently from the shipyard that there are other parties looking at this vessel. The shipyard folks know that we will best suit the ship and its needs but they can do little for us if someone buys it from under us. Twin Ports Division is currently sending a crew to inspect the vessel in the coming weeks. They said, even if we provide a small down payment ($25,000 or 10%), that it would lock in the ship for us. Being that this opportunity of a lifetime was brought to us a little over a month ago, it was short notice on our end and we don't want to lose this moment. We are willing to offer those that contribue more than $5,000 to acquiring the vessel, the chance to visit and sail on the ship with us if we are able to aqcuire it. If we are not able to get the ship in time, your funding will be put towards the next vessel we come across, even if it takes another 6 years to find it. Any amount of funding helps. Even if it's just a dollar. Again, even enough to put a 10% ($25,000) down payment would be all the difference in the world. When we reach our goal, any extra funds will go towards the funding of bringing the ship home from Washington state to the Great Lakes a journey of almost 10,000 miles. Lets hit that $250,000!!!

Please share this with anyone that you think would be able to help as this is something that should not be looked over. This is a no-brainer win, for Twin Ports Division, our region and the country alike. With all of the trouble in the world, how good would it feel to know you've contributed to something that is good and benefits all, and that will train current and future generations? Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you all soon.

V/R,

Ltjg. Davan Scott, Commanding Officer
Twin Ports Division, USNSCC
Duluth, MN
Unit Website: www.twinportsnscc.com
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Greetings everyone, it has been a VERY busy 2 months, we have sent all of our new cadets to boot camp, all graduated, and many of our cadets have now completed their advanced training. So we all apologize for not updating the progress until now. We have some big news coming down the pipeline. Through various off line and anonymous sources we have now raised a grand total $33,798 towards our down payment of $25,000 for the Acushnet. Based on this we have spoken with the owners and are drafting up an official agreement to secure the vessel buying us more time to raise the remaining funds and start bringing the vessel back online so she can sail home to the Twin Ports in 2017.

On a side but equally wonderful note we have sent several more former crew members of the vessel to do further testing on machinery and condition. We have learned that through those inspections that most of the remaining systems we were unable to test due to a bad circuit breaker on one of the boards have been tested and function properly. We have also learned that during that same inspection all of the ships service generators were fired up for the first time in several years, ran flawlessly, and were tested under full load for several hours and had no issues operating the many ships systems, lights and infrastructure. That being said it didnt go without its troubles either. The previous owner did not properly secure many of the ventilation systems and vent doors on the weather deck allowing moisture and water to ingress albeit in very small amounts causing some deterioration in the ventilation system rusting up several of the fan motors. This is much better than we had hoped.

This leaves one major final hurdle to fully acquiring the vessel, testing the Main Diesel Engines and the motors for propulsion, if all goes well we will have fully succeeded in our mission. Thank you for all of your support so far and we hope to count on more support and word of mouth to keep our effort moving!
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Greetings everyone, first let me apologize for not updating this in a few weeks, its been pretty hectic in the real world, between drill weekends, planning advanced training for the cadets over the summer, things have just been busy. But I just wanted to say thank you to all who have donated and supported us thus far in the efforts, and its by no means over or slowing down. We have a couple of things in the works which we cannot mention completely at the moment due to the fact they are not set in stone at the moment so its best that we dont break the news until its for sure. That way there wont be any confusion or complications from something that is not currently fully agreed upon. But what I can tell you is that things are going great, and we are making great progress in our efforts, and though the meter only shows $6000, that is not all that we have raised as we have several other efforts underway and not all of them are online. So we are making great strides in the efforts. We have also located some old photographs showing the USS Shackle in action in the Pacific assisting the disabled and sinking battleship USS Pennsylvania, which she was instrumental along with her own crew in saving from sinking after being torpedoed on August 12, 1945. This ship has a great history and needs to be saved as one of the last WWII vessels still around that has not been saved in some fashion. Will have another update soon. Thanks again to everyone!
USS Shackle alongside Pennsylvania
Hoses through gun barrels to flooding
On deck view!
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Greetings folks, after a long trip to and from Anacortes Washington this past week we are pleased to say that we have found the ship to be in great condition, most of her systems were tested and checked out, and a few areas of concern were addressed and should be good to go upon our next visit. However on a more important note, after talking with the ship owner, our time is ticking away. The ship has sat there for several years during the time it was arrested for non payment by its previous owner. That is a very long time for a ship to be docked at the shipyard in a space normally available for docking, shipyard work etc... The owners want the ship gone as soon as possible, we are not the only interested party and though we are the most desired group to get the vessel, we are not in the best position to fund this without your help. We need to acquire funding as quickly as possible to secure the ship, and the $25,000 down payment is crucial to buy us some time. Though we would still need to raise the remainder in relatively short order, the ship could potentially get scrapped or sold off if we cant get things together very soon. The last WWII veteran to serve in the military is in danger of being lost or destroyed, lets spread the word and help keep her afloat to train new generations of sailors and service members. Share and donate $10. Thank you for your support.
Sunset, hopefully not her last
ALL STOP soon to be FULL AHEAD
Keep the colors flying
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ATTENTION EVERYONE! GREAT NEWS! After negotiations with the officials in Washington, $25,000 would lock in the ship for our cause. The price is still at $250,000 but, the $25,000 would hold the vessel from any other potential buyers. This solidifies many things and makes it a full reality to secure grants for the remainder of the costs. We can do this people! Thank you for all of your support thus far.

Today we also had a meeting with our congressman's cabinet (Rick Nolan) for support of "Operation Shackle" They are excited for this great opportunity for our region and will be providing aid to this endeavor however possible.
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Eric Bigelow
31 meses atrás
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kind of a shame she'll be going back to her navy colors, she spent most of her life as a coastie. understand with the ww2 heritage but a shame. former squid and coastie sends.

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Ed Marmol
30 meses atrás
3
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Here's some recent aerial footage of the small shipyard in Anacortes, WA where the former USS Shackle/CGC Acushnet is moored. Thanks to Eddie Murdock for the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67QpnbgaAps&feature=youtu.be&a

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Hector Luis Aponte III
31 meses atrás
3
3

I think it is a wonderful that the ship would return to her roots. Yes, she had a wonderful run as a coastguard vessel, but she will always be a US Navy ship.

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Joy Fett
31 meses atrás
3
3

Shame if she goes back to the Navy colors. Really enjoyed her in her Coast Guard colors. When I was married , this was my husbands first boat for the Coast Guard (1994-1997). Some wonderful memories of her. Hope you are able to acquire her. She is a beautiful boat and would make a great addition to the Great Lakes.

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Paul Carey
25 meses atrás
1
1

My father, Robert Carey and my godfather Chester Goss served on the Shackle from its commission through WWII. I have Greta photos and history including a daily log. My donation is coming. See the comment pics !!!

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Bruno Baltazar
29 meses atrás
1
1

Great initiative to repurpose a real USS/USCGC. If purchased, what are the estimated costs to bring the vessel up to proper sailing condition (clean the fuel, PMS, etc)? Also, what are the costs associated with sailing it from its current location to the Lakes (operating costs, port calls, crewing, etc)? Lastly, what are the estimated costs for the next 5-10years (docksides, drydocks, PMS, standard maintenance, docking fees, etc)? Again, great effort but these costs need to be taken into consideration and advertised prior to jumping into the purchased of a 75+ year old ship otherwise it will end up glued to another pier.

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John Riley
7 meses atrás

Where will the money go now that the Acushnet has gone to Ocean Guardian ?

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Michael Cunningham
13 meses atrás

I served aboard the USCGC Acushnet in 1978/1979 in the engine room. Have several fond memories. Ports of call included the Bahamas, Jamaica, GITMO, Fort Lauderdale, and Charleston S.C. Would really like to see her maintain her Coast Guard colors, but will settle for that drab squid gray if it keeps her out of the scrap heap. What is her status now?

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GE
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georges EECKHOUT
18 meses atrás
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I wish you all the success for this rescue

TG
$100
Thomas Greelis
19 meses atrás
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I served on the Acushnet from June 1966 to Dec.69

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Anônimo
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DJ
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David Pessenda Jr.
19 meses atrás
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Great project. Keep up the good work.

BK
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Barbara Korpela
19 meses atrás
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It will be a wonderful thing to have this vessel in our Harbor. And it will be a wonderful thing to use it as a training site for sailors in the future. I wish you the best in this venture.

Eric Bigelow
31 meses atrás
4
4

kind of a shame she'll be going back to her navy colors, she spent most of her life as a coastie. understand with the ww2 heritage but a shame. former squid and coastie sends.

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Ed Marmol
30 meses atrás
3
3

Here's some recent aerial footage of the small shipyard in Anacortes, WA where the former USS Shackle/CGC Acushnet is moored. Thanks to Eddie Murdock for the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67QpnbgaAps&feature=youtu.be&a

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Hector Luis Aponte III
31 meses atrás
3
3

I think it is a wonderful that the ship would return to her roots. Yes, she had a wonderful run as a coastguard vessel, but she will always be a US Navy ship.

+ Mais informações
Joy Fett
31 meses atrás
3
3

Shame if she goes back to the Navy colors. Really enjoyed her in her Coast Guard colors. When I was married , this was my husbands first boat for the Coast Guard (1994-1997). Some wonderful memories of her. Hope you are able to acquire her. She is a beautiful boat and would make a great addition to the Great Lakes.

+ Mais informações
Paul Carey
25 meses atrás
1
1

My father, Robert Carey and my godfather Chester Goss served on the Shackle from its commission through WWII. I have Greta photos and history including a daily log. My donation is coming. See the comment pics !!!

+ Mais informações
Bruno Baltazar
29 meses atrás
1
1

Great initiative to repurpose a real USS/USCGC. If purchased, what are the estimated costs to bring the vessel up to proper sailing condition (clean the fuel, PMS, etc)? Also, what are the costs associated with sailing it from its current location to the Lakes (operating costs, port calls, crewing, etc)? Lastly, what are the estimated costs for the next 5-10years (docksides, drydocks, PMS, standard maintenance, docking fees, etc)? Again, great effort but these costs need to be taken into consideration and advertised prior to jumping into the purchased of a 75+ year old ship otherwise it will end up glued to another pier.

+ Mais informações
John Riley
7 meses atrás

Where will the money go now that the Acushnet has gone to Ocean Guardian ?

+ Mais informações
Michael Cunningham
13 meses atrás

I served aboard the USCGC Acushnet in 1978/1979 in the engine room. Have several fond memories. Ports of call included the Bahamas, Jamaica, GITMO, Fort Lauderdale, and Charleston S.C. Would really like to see her maintain her Coast Guard colors, but will settle for that drab squid gray if it keeps her out of the scrap heap. What is her status now?

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