We ran across one of those items on eBay that you only find on eBay. Sure, there are a number of great new items on the site, from designer clothing at the Fashion Outlet to the latest model car on eBay Motors, and numerous tablet computers, smartphones, and eBook readers. Truly the new eBay integrated advertising campaign for the holidays, “buy it new, buy it now” resonates throughout the site. But the flip side of the campaign says “when it’s on your mind, it’s on eBay,” and we find that to definitely be true. We just never realized that, for some people, the thing on their minds would be a decommissioned Coast Guard cutter.
Indeed, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the historic USCGC Acushnet, designated the “oldest commission cutter” following the decommissioning of the USCGC Storis.
The Acushnet is a US diver class vessel, built for the US Navy in 1943. The vessel was transferred to the US Coast Guard in 1946, where it acquired the name Acushnet. Most recently the vessel patrolled the Arctic Sea. From the auction description:
“Homeported in Ketchikan Alaska, USCGC ACUSHNET (WMEC 167) is the oldest commisioned cutter serving the U.S. Coast Guard earning her the title “Queen of the Fleet” and ceremonial gold hull numbers. [The Acushnet] achieved an impressive service record during World War Two before being transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1946.
From Ketchikan, ACUSHNET patrols from the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and North Pacific, and south to the Continental United States carrying out her primary missions of Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Maritime Law Enforcement, and Environmental Protection.”
The Acushnet is an authentic piece of American history, one that anyone would be proud to own. The US Coast Guard notes that the “Acushnet’s operational history as USS Shackle includes participation in the salvage efforts at Pearl Harbor, Midway Island, Eniwetok, Guam, Saipan, and Japan. The salvage ship also played active roles in the battles over Iwo Jima and Okinawa. During WWII it earned three battle stars.”
In addition, the Acushnet participated in various search and rescue missions, including the Mariel boatlift from Cuba in 1980. From 1990 to 1998, the Acushnet patrolled the waters from the waters of southern California to the Bering Sea. In 1998, it was transferred to Ketchikan, Alaska, where it continued its mission of homeland defense, search and rescue, and law enforcement. The cutter’s motto, is “Juvate, Servate, Confirmate,” which means “Help, Save, Strengthen.”
So, what can you do with a retired Navy cutter? The listing indicates that the vessel can be modified or retrofitted as a super yacht with extraordinary living accommodations, or that it could be used as a dive vessel, for research, salvage, and so on. More fancifully, you could use it to locate old wrecks and for treasure-hunting. Happy sailing!
No matter what, be aware of one detail stated on the listing:
“There are no weapons or artillery onboard or included in the sale.”