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On Cape Publications. She commenced her sea trials on November 27, 2011. To learn more about this beloved vessel and the Orleans Historical Society you can click here: CG36500 The story of the Pendleton rescue has been made into a motion picture titled The Finest Hours. [1], Webber and his crew of three – Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald, Seaman Richard Livesey, and Seaman Ervin Maske – saved 32 of the 33 crewmen who were on the stern section of SS Pendleton when the ship broke in two. It tells the true story of one of the most sensational and chilling sea rescues that Cape Cod and the world have ever known. Soft wraps. He was a petty officer assigned to Station Chatham, Massachusetts, where one of his duties was that of coxswain of Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36500. Bernard C. Webber (USCG Ret) 1928-2009. 172p. 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[1] The rescue operation has been noted as one of the most successful in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.[3]. [7] Bernie Webber, the late US Coast Guardsman, is credited for piloting the boat that is responsible for the "greatest small boat rescue" in the history of his service. Chief Petty Officer Bernard C. Webber was born in Milton, MA in 1928, the son of Rev. Strapping himself to the wheel of a 36-foot motorized lifeboat, wind and snow whipping his face, Bernie Webber steered through Chatham Harbor's rough … On April 10, 2016, Bernard C. Webber rescued ten individuals from a vessel that capsized off Freetown, Bahamas. When Bernie Webber set out as coxswain on a small boat to rescue 33 seamen in 60-foot seas, he didn’t do it for glory or honor. Like most of her sister ships, she replaced a 110-foot (34 m) Island-class patrol boat. Volunteers from the Cape Cod towns of Chatham, Orleans and Harwich restored the boat and relaunched it in a public ceremony attended by Bernard Webber and his wife. All four Coast Guardsmen were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for their heroic actions. 2016. [6] The Sentinel-class design is from the Netherlands-based Damen Group, and is based on that company's Damen Stan 4708 patrol vessel. [8] Acquiring the 58 cutters is expected to cost the federal government $3.8 billion — an average of about $65 million per cutter. Webber was born in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of Anne (Knight) and Reverend A. Bernard Webber. Webber and his crew of three rescued the crew of the stricken T2 tanker SS Pendleton, which had broken in half during a storm on February 18, 1952 off Cape Cod. Bernie Webber was the least likely candidate to execute the greatest small-boat rescue in American history.Yet that is what he did, nearly 71 years ago to the date, in a very small boat, facing very large waves and larger odds. A small boat of local Coast Guard men are trying to rescue the survivors of a sinking freighter. The Orleans Historical Society and Museum preserves and maintains the actual boat that Bernie Webber and his crew used for this historic rescue. A real American Hero! Gouthro's best friend, Bernie Webber, battled to get to the other half of the ship, the stern, several nights before in conditions few could survive. At the time of the Pendleton rescue Webber was serving as a boatswain's mate first class at Station Chatham. The remaining members of the ship's full crew were in the bow section and died when it broke off and sank. The first-in-class Sentinel-class cutter, USCGC Bernard C. Webber was named in his honor. Webber maneuvered the 36-foot lifeboat under Pendleton's stern as the tanker's crew, trapped in … On Feb. 18, 1952, a four-man crew skippered by a Milton minister’s son named Bernie Webber was summoned to brave blinding snow and waves the … [10] On May 4, 2016, Bollinger Shipyards announced that the U.S. Coast Guard awarded it a new contract for building the final 26 Sentinel-class fast-response cutters. In Bernie Webber’s day, the coxswain of a surfboat would stand out in the open behind a makeshift windshield, eliminating the need for a pilothouse that could diminish the seaworthiness of the vessel and requiring a degree of mental and physical toughness not needed on today’s surf rescue boats. The Pendleton Disaster Off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History There was no doubt in the minds of Coxswain Bernie Webber, Richard Livesey, Ervin Maske and Andy Fitzgerald that they were about to undertake a death mission on February 18, 1952. At age 16, he joined the Merchant Marine. [4][2] His earliest American ancestor was the English immigrant Thomas Webber, who came to Massachusetts in 1643 as part of the Puritan migration to New England; through this line Bernard was the 10th generation of his family to be born in Massachusetts. It was just his job. Bernie Webber, the coxswain aboard Coast Guard Rescue 36500 boat that rescued 32 people off the Pendleton tanker in 1952, died Saturday in Florida. On July 26, 2014, residents of Sandwich, Mass., boarded the restored CG-36500 at the Sandwich Marina Seafest. That brings to 58 the total number of FRCs that the USCG ordered from Bollinger. The first vessel Bollinger built became Bernard C. Webber, which is the first of 58 planned Sentinel-class cutters to be put into the U.S. Coast Guard fleet to replace their old 110 ft patrol boats (and their unseaworthy 123 ft cutters), starting with the first six based in Miami, then six in Key West, then six in Puerto Rico.[7]. In almost impossible conditions, Webber and his crew crossed Chatham bar, located the ship and rescued 32 of the Pendleton survivors in a boat designed for 12, including the crew. [5] He was married to Miriam Penttinen. On July 24, 2014, it was announced that the, U.S. Coast Guard had exercised a $225 million option at Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana for construction through 2017 of an additional six Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRC), bringing the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 30. [8], "Bernard C. Webber, USCG, 1928-2009", Coast Guard Heroes, U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, Webster, W. Russell; "A Tribute: Bernie Webber, CWO (Ret. Rescuing 32 sailors from a sinking ship caught in a ferocious winter storm is a dramatic tale, but what made this mission so special is that the boat Bernie skippered that terrible night was a mere 36 feet in length and the waves were almost twice that size! Into A Raging Sea features the riveting, firsthand account of what is widely regarded as the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, told by BM1 Bernie Webber. [7] Bernard Challen Webber (May 9, 1928 – January 24, 2009) was a United States Coast Guardsman. Into a Raging Sea is the autobiography of Bernie Webber, hero of the book and movie, The Finest Hours. [4][16] Bernard C. Webber was coxswain of the 36-foot (11 m) wooden Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36500 that ventured out in 60-foot (18 m) seas to rescue men from the stricken T2 tanker SS Pendleton that had broken in two during a Winter storm off Chatham, Massachusetts on February 18, 1952. Webber, Bernie. The crew was rescued by four Coast Guardsmen in the CG36500, a 36′ wooden motor lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Bernie Webber. Into a Raging Sea : My Life and the Pendleton Rescue. 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