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Friends of the U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG36538

Background: CG36538 was built in 1952 at the Curtis Bay Boat Building Yard in Maryland.   Her fully restored sister, CG36500 is credited with saving the crew of the freighter Pendleton “The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History”. Walt Disney Pictures “The Finest Hours” recounts this epic story. CG36538 like her sisters was a workhorse; very seaworthy. She served at the Ocean City Coast Guard Station in Cape May County.

CG36538 has recently been deemed eligible for inclusion on the National and New Jersey State Historic Registries. A $74,315 grant by the Cape May County Open Spaces Historic Trust has been approved. When the restoration is complete she will be moored in the Cape May Harbor just off the Coast Guard Training Center (TRACEN). She will help tell the story of our rich U.S. Coast Guard heritage and of the valiant men & women who served.  The donation you make qualifies as part of the required matching grant funds.

Donations can be sent to :  Cape May Maritime Museum, PO Box 399, Cape May, NJ 08204
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