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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 stories
November 4, 2018
From (former FA) Bill Sewell: "As a boot FA I didn't have a lot real responsibilities to the actual repairs. My main GC station, if I remember correctly [and I may not], was back in the aft damage control team. Don't remember who all was in it. I spent some time making sure the P250 pumps kept running. But, from the beginning---I remember waking up in the middle of the night with a sense that something was going on but had no idea what. I don't remember if I heard the mains starting or if they were already running, but I knew they were running. Didn't think a lot about it, but soon felt the ship hit something, then GC sounding and everybody beat feet for their GC stations. Mine was aft, and not directly involved with the engine room. Soon we all knew what had happened. I helped getting several P250 pumps up and running and then maintaining them."