JUNEAU, Alaska - Petty Officer James Formosa stands ready on the bow of a Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat to provide cooling water during a boat fire in Thomas Basin, Ketchikan June 27, 2005.. The Coast Guard crew assisted the Ketchikan Fire Department and provided security. USCG photo.

Smoke on the water; Coast Guard reminds boaters of onboard fire safety

Boating plays a vital role in Alaska and, in many instances, a vessel serves as both a means of making a living and a floating home away from home. Like any other home in Alaska, the cabin of a boat can often provide a warm refuge during cold weather, but mariners may become complacent to fire hazards onboard.


Safe to ship

To the casual spectator, there might not appear to be anything wrong with this particular container. These three know better. Their search focuses especially on the load-bearing sections of the giant box. The frames there are made to withstand an incredible amount of weight, so any kind of deterioration can mean a bad day at sea.


Coast Guard Lt. Rven Garcia, a fishing vessel examiner for Sector Anchorage, Alaska, prepares to board a fishing vessel in Port Moller, near Cold Bay June 5, 2015. Coast Guard personnel from the Sector Anchorage prevention department became the first Coast Guardsmen to conduct exams in Port Moller when they visited June 2-5. U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by USCG Sector AnchorageInline

A harbor less anchored; Coast Guard vessel examiners pay first visit to Port Moller’s Gentleman’s Fleet

Located approximately 100 miles northeast of Cold Bay, Port Moller is home to the “Gentleman’s Fleet,” a flotilla of approximately 40 fishing vessels whose crews travel to the port from all over the U.S. to harvest red and silver salmon every summer. The fleet takes its name from a cordial working relationship cultivated by several generations of crews looking out for one another while fishing out of the port, but that doesn’t mean these princes of the Alaska Peninsula welcomed the Coast Guard with open arms.


When the Coast Guard comes to town

At 165 degrees 25 minutes west longitude, Nome, Alaska, is about as west as a person can get on the North American continent. The city lives up to the location. Modern day prospectors toil for gold in the shadows of age-old mining dredges.


Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer organization made up of more than 30,000 men and women across the U.S. with more than 420 members volunteering in the state of Alaska. Today, the Coast […]


Little boat, big water

What do you picture when you think about maritime traffic in Alaska? Is it crab fishermen on the Bering Sea? Or maybe cruise ships navigating the islands of Southeast Alaska? Oil tankers leaving Price William Sound? Whatever it is, it […]


Boating safety for a busy season

  An armada of dreary clouds hangs over Auke Bay, Alaska. Only a hint of blue cuts through the grey curtain hung loosely between the mountain peaks framing the sea. The conditions seem tailored to deter mariners, but the hustle […]


Teaching the Teachers

  The scene on Auke Lake Saturday morning looked like any other sunny day in Southeast Alaska. A pair of personal watercraft was carefully brought down the boat ramp. A small crowd gathered, decked out in flip flops, sunglasses and […]


Inspecting Tradition

Is there anything more inspiring than nautical lore? For as long as humans have told stories, the mystery, fury and gifts of the sea have been the subjects of fiction and nonfiction alike. From tales of treacherous sea monsters, pirates […]