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In November 1972, the Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis ran aground during a violent storm in Alaska, puncturing its hull, with a temporary patch applied to stop the flooding. The following day, enroute back to Honolulu, another, more vicious, storm struck; Jarvis now struggled with over thirteen feet of water in their engine room and no power. The nearest ship that volunteered to assist was scheduled to arrive thirty minutes after the Jarvis officers estimated the ship would be destroyed on the rocky coastline. Wind gusts struck at seventy-knots, hail and snow was falling, and at one time, Jarvis hit a swell at a sixty-degree angle.
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CGC Jarvis memory
September 24, 2018
"Memories of that event still bring tears to my eyes at the heroism demonstrated by the 150 men aboard the Jarvis and what we did to save the Jarvis and the lives of the crew, which had the potential of being the worse disaster of life and property in Coast Guard history. None of us gave up during the 2-phases of the disaster, the initial grounding in Dutch Harbor and the taking-on of water and almost sinking when we were sailing back to Honolulu." Dan Edwards (Seaman (SA) 1972)