USCG Aids to Navigation Craft
Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender Profile Drawings by George Bieda
The USCGC Juniper WLB 201 was the first ship in this class, commissioned in 1996. These ships were ordered to replace the aging buoy tender fleet that was first built during WW II. These ships have advanced maneuverability, control, and navigational systems that allow them to efficiently perform their function in offshore and restricted waters.
Pictured below are several examples of George Bieda's profile drawings of the ships of the Juniper Class. The drawing of the USCGC Willow WLB 202 shows the type of personalization that can be added at no additional cost to make your purchase truly unique. Click on any image for a larger view, then click you brower's BACK button to return here.
"The USCGC Cowslip" by William RaVell III
This 180" buoy tender served the Coast Guard from 1941 to 1973. USCGC Cowslip WLB 277 was re-purchased and re-commissioned in 1981, and served until 2002. In 2003 she was transferred to the Nigerian Navy. COWSLIP provided convoy protection during WWII, and at the end of hostilities resumed her peacetime missions to service Aids To Navigation, enforce fisheries and safety regulations, perform search and rescue, and drug interdiction. The original painting, upon which this print is based, was purchased by a former crew member. Click the thumbnail for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here.
The 180 ft. Buoy Tenders Profile Drawings by George Bieda
This ship category is made up of three classes, the Cactus Class , the Mesquite Class, and the Iris Class. Each succeeding class was built with slight improvements to the design (such as more powerful engines) though the overall dimensions remained the same. The 180 footers were all built in the early 1940s, with members of each class serving into the 21st century. They saw extensive service in WW II, and played important roles in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Orignally designated as WAGLs, this was changed to WLB in 1965. By entering your years of service where indicated in the order form, we will be sure your drawing carries the correct one!
Here are three examples of George Bieda's profile drawings of the 13 ships in the Cactus Class (Class A 180 ft Buoy Tenders). You can click on the thumbnail image to get a larger image, than click your brower's BACK button to return here.
There are only 6 ships in the Mesquite Class (Class B) of 180 ft. Buoy Tenders. We offer profile drawings of all of them, as shown in the three examples below . The drawing of MESQUITE shows her in her WW II paint scheme. This is a great example of how George Bieda can configure the ship's profile to match nearly any time period .
Ida Lewis Class Coastal Buoy Tender Profile Drawings by George Bieda
Shown here is the 175-FT USCGC William Tate (WLM-560) of the Ida Lewis class. These advanced-capability coastal buoy tenders were built to replace the Balsam Class WLBs. Because all vessels are named for lighthouse "keepers," this class is also commonly referred to as the Keeper class. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Be sure to select a ship and print options when ordering!
All five of these buoy and navigation aid tenders were stricken by 1996. But these 157-FT tenders, built between 1964 and 1971, enjoyed a long and storied service life. Shown here is the USCGC Red Beech (WLM-686). Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Be sure to select a ship and print options when ordering!
Improved Berry Class Inland Buoy Tender Profile Drawings by George Bieda
Shown here is the 65-FT inland buoy tender USCGC Elderberry (WLI-65401). Similar to the basic Berry Class, these improved models had a more powerful propulsion plant. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Be sure to select a ship and print options when ordering!
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