On this Day in Coast Guard History

Friday, December 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 1989: CGC Mesquite ran aground near Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior. She was deemed damaged beyond repair and was sunk as an artificial reef. There was no loss of life. She ran aground while switching out a summer buoy for a winter buoy near Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior. The buoy, ironically enough, marked the rock ledge onto which the ship came to rest. The buoy was not in the area that the Mesquite normally patrolled; however, they were filling in for Sundew, which was in dry dock for long overdue repairs to equipment and the hull. Before she could be pulled off the rock ledge, a storm came up and punched holes in the bottom, ripped the rudder off, and broke the mast. It was concluded that the ship would not be repaired, and was considered a total loss. Later that month Mesquite was decommissioned and on 14 July 1990 she was moved a mile away to Keystone Bay and sunken in 117 feet of water to be used for recreational purposes, the first ever Coast Guard craft used intentionally for this purpose.

More about the Mesquite: https://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/mesquite1943.pdf



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