Maritime Monday: Coast Guard Pictures

Last week, I posted some WWII-era Coast Guard pictures that looked very strange to me.  Thanks to my uncles for their insight on what was going on.  It all makes sense now.

I was in the Air Force (not that I know anything about planes) and my husband is in the Army.  If the picture had been of tanks, Andy could have given me a detailed 50-page report on it.  Anything boat or navy-related is not my thing.  I still find the pictures interesting, even if I’m clueless.

This week, I am sharing some more pictures of Coast Guard operations. I have posted one of these pictures earlier this year.

Is it just me, or does it seem odd that they are transporting a vehicle on two very small boats?  And the boats are facing opposite directions.  How would they move?  One would be going backwards.  Why would they need to move this vehicle?  Are they on an island somewhere? Am I just a complete ditz?  Anyone out there have any ideas?

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  • Cherie Cayemberg - December 6, 2010 - 11:22 am

    Um..holy cow! I’m at a loss for words. If you figure it out please share!ReplyCancel

  • Trevor Sanchez - December 6, 2010 - 5:05 pm

    As you can see in the last pictures, the boats are not lashed opposite to each other but are lashed facing the same direction. Why they had to move the truck in that manner, I have to guess that they didn’t have a dock in which to load the larger ship from. The big ship would have had a deep hull which would keep it from getting close to the shore. So they lashed these two life boats together and used them as sort of a floating dock to get the job done.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lanctot - December 6, 2010 - 9:51 pm

    Agreed. They are both facing the same way, just different shaped boats. Both rudders are on the nearest end of both boats.

    These are amazing pictures. I’m amazed at how well they’ve held up.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 6, 2010 - 11:43 pm

    Thank you guys! The different shapes at the end of the boats threw me off. I see what you’re talking about with the rudders now and that makes sense. I was trying to figure out how they would move if they were opposite directions. I pictured them going in circles. :) I told you I know nothing about boats and I meant it! I appreciate the help!!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Graham - December 10, 2010 - 6:58 am

    A very inventive method! And it was a success :-) JoReplyCancel

  • Dick Levesque - December 28, 2010 - 3:28 pm

    These boats are NOT facing opposite directions. One is what is called a double-ender and the other just has a flat stern. You can see the rudders on both small boats. I have no idea why they would be moving the vehicle this way but it makes sense to me. Perhaps they are on an island and no larger boat was available. Great pictures.Would you consider sharing them on my Picture site?

    Dick Levesque USCG (ret)ReplyCancel

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