The USCG rescue boat CG36500 is finally getting full recognition.
On Wednesday a sister ship of the CG36500 was moved to the lawn in front of Chatham Lighthouse and mounted there for all to admire.
On the same day, the Disney Company released a trailer of its new film about the CG36500 crew's heroic rescue a couple miles at sea to the southeast.
On February 18, 1952, the Chatham Coast Guard crew rescued 32 sailors from the stricken tanker Pendleton in what has been described as the service's greatest rescue.
That day Coast Guard rescue boat CG36500, which remains at its berth in Rock Harbor, Orleans, with a four-man crew consisting of Bernie Webber, Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey and Irving Maske, rushed from Chatham Fish Pier to the stricken Pendleton. Conditions could hardly be worse: hurricane-force winds whipping snow and sleet across towering waves in pitch blackness.
Disney's The Finest Hours is in theaters January 29
A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. See the trailer here. See the movie's Facebook page here.
Below is how the CG36500 looked on that fateful night.