Gerald Sampont Collection
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Slocum CG82313 on patril near Cat Lo Vietnam in 1966.
Eleven of us lived in the forward 40 feet of the cutter. It was very tight living. If you look at the side of the cutter where the word GUARD ends and go forward to the bow, you will have the entire living space for the eleven man crew. When we were on patrol we carried a Vietnam Navy Officer, making it a 12 man crew.
The length of any Coast Guard Cutter less than 95 feet can be found by looking at the first two numbers on the hull. All the 82 foot class cutters were named after points of land. This picture is of the Point Slocum 82313. I was on the Point White 82308. Others in Division-13 were the Point Jefferson, Point League, Point Hudson, etc. There are no more 82 foot cutters in the USCG.
The Coast Guard has no ships, all our vessels are called Cutters. This is a carry-over from the days of the Revenue Cutter Service established in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton. In 1915 the name was changed to the present day Coast Guard. We do, however, have boats; a boat can be placed on a cutter (e.g., a lifeboat).
Photograph VA041454, No Date, Gerald Sampont Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=VA041454>.
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VA041454, Gerald Sampont Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 23 Jun 2005[Updated: 9 Feb 2015]