Through the Lens: Setting the Mendenhall Bar

Every Spring the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry drops 18 buoys into the Gastineau Channel. These floating aids to navigation serve as markers for mariners operating on the narrow, shallow Mendenhall River Bar during the busy summer boating season. It’s a preventative measure that stops a lot of search and rescue cases before they even happen, an integral part of the Coast Guard’s mission to protect the safety of life at sea.


>CGC Elderberry

> Homeported in Petersburg, Alaska, the CGC Elderberry is a 100-foot, inland buoy tender maintaining aids to navigation and conducting multiple Coast Guard missions within the coastal waters of Southeast Alaska. Contact Information: Commanding Officer:CGC ElderberryP.O. Box 550Petersburg, AK 99833(907) […]