That's the second old ("retired") Coast Guard boat in that spot. The first one, an older 36-footer that was deteriorating out in the elements, was taken in by a Muskegon museum about two years ago.
The one you see today is a 41-foot utility boat that arrived in September 2011. It is the same type used by Station Grand Haven from 1976-98.
The newer boat is the result of an effort of local organizations and volunteers. Brink Truck Lines transported the boat from Freeport, Texas, to its temporary home at Station Grand Haven before being put in place at the traffic island at Beacon and Seventh.
Tony Fiore, president of the Grand Haven chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, told Tribune reporter Alex Doty for a story in December 2011 that they would add the number 41448 to the side — the same number of the similar boat that served in Grand Haven.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Coast Guard boat's continuing maintenance fund at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation can send their contribution to: 7th Street Coast Guard Boat Fund, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, 1 S. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417.
To read the full Tribune story on the boat's arrival to Grand Haven, and a video, CLICK HERE.
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