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January 17, 2007

USS Mohawk

The USS Mohawk was built in 1934 for the Coast Guard. The ship is 165 feet in length and served in WW II as part of the naval forces. Assigned North Atlantic operations, she launched a total of 14 attacks against Nazi U boats. The U.S.C.G.C. Mohawk is the only remaining Coast Gurad subchaser in existence. Highlights of her at-sea rescue operations include the rescue of 293 survivors from the USAT Chatham and the rescue of 24 men from the SS Barberry. As the last remaining ship of her kind, the Mohawk is the Memorial Ship of the "Battle of the Atlantic". The ship is undergoing a lot of restoration so some of the rooms we couldn't access. Here is the tour we took:

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Welcome to the USS Mohawk! Permission to come aboard, Sir!

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We start on the Starbord side to the bow:

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Ground Tackle(Anchor System)

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We'll head up top to the Open Bridge.

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This is the Enclosed Bridge. You can see the ships helm, engine order telegraph and navigation table.

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Telescope Viewer, not sure what that is called either.

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Some info on the guns on board

Back down and we enter the galley...

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Meals for 134 men and 14 officers were prepared here.

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This is the stove and oven which was fired with fuel oil(George took the picture; blame him for it being out of focus!).

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The Radio Room and communications center was manned by 2 men 24/7.

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The equipment used

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How they received info

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Telex Machine

Now we go down below:

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The Crew's Mess Deck

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These lamps are above the mess hall tables; they are turned on when the tables were used as the doctor's operating tables. During WW II the crew's mess deck was also used to handle overflow berthing (hammock hooks on the ceiling) and was considered their mulit-purpose room in that it was the only area to relax, read and listen to the radio.

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We check out some various artifacts.

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And try some on.

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Sailor Heath

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Cheif Petty Officer's Bunk

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CPO Head

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CPO Toilet

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A peak further down below to the Crew's Berthing Compartment

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Crew's Head

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Crew's Head sinks

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Sick Bay (left side)

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Sick Bay (right side)

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Engine Room

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We go up the Passage Way Aft and enter the Officer's Ward Room (we didn't get a picture but it was as large as the Crew's Mess and had red carpet). 14 Officers ate and lived in this area. There were 8 staterooms around the perimeter; here are pictures of two of them.
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Officer's Bunk 1

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Other Side

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Another Officer's Bunk

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The Crew 1943

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Photos of the Snowy Atlantic

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End of the War Message

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When we finished our tour we hung out on deck to watch the end of the cross country bike ride completed by wounded soldiers. Very cool.

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George's New Toy


Posted by Heather at January 17, 2007 08:38 AM

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Ask Dad, but I believe your Grandfather McCurdy was in the North Atlantic during WW II.

Posted by: Mom at January 17, 2007 10:20 AM

My father, John Henry Porter, served aboard the USS Mohawk , 1942-44. He was a petty officer/CPO
in the engine room. His photo collection captured many of the ship's excursions- visiting Eric the Red's site in Newfoundland and the ice-covered missions. He always told us about the time they dropped a depth charge on a "nazi sub" that turned out to be a whale. Dad broke his ankle on ski patrol in Greenland. He later served in the Pacific on USCG Patrol Frigates.

Posted by: Robert Porter at February 15, 2008 07:06 AM

My father, John Henry Porter, served aboard the USS Mohawk , 1942-44. He was a petty officer/CPO
in the engine room. His photo collection captured many of the ship's excursions- visiting Eric the Red's site in Newfoundland and the ice-covered missions. He always told us about the time they dropped a depth charge on a "nazi sub" that turned out to be a whale. Dad broke his ankle on ski patrol in Greenland. He later served in the Pacific on USCG Patrol Frigates.

Posted by: Robert Porter at February 15, 2008 07:06 AM

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