Coast Guard Aircrew Airdrops Pump to Barque Eagle

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami drops a replacement saltwater pump for the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

A Coast Guard aircraft delivered a replacement saltwater pump for the Coast Guard Barque Eagle’s crew to effect repairs on a square-rigger’s main diesel engine, Sunday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Allensworth and Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos Camacho retrieve pump that was airdropped. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

Engineers aboard the Eagle, a 295-foot barque homeported in New London, CT, noticed minor leakage from the saltwater pump Thursday through the course of hourly rounds of the ship’s engineering spaces.

The leakage continued to worsen throughout the day and a replacement pump was ordered while the Eagle remained at anchor off Key West, Fla. A 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement boat crew delivered a replacement pump Friday evening and engineers worked through the night to affect repairs to the ship’s engine, though the part did not fit properly.

Chief Petty Officer Shawn Barnes, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, removes a section of piping that feeds the main diesel engine's saltwater pump. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

Another pump was placed on order as the engineers made temporary repairs in order to arrive on time to kick off the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration. Once the part arrived in Key West, the air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Fla., flew to Key West to retrieve the pump and delivered it to the Gulf of Mexico where the crew airdropped the part to an awaiting small boat crew deployed from the Eagle.

The Eagle’s small boat crew recovered the pump from the ocean and brought it back to the ship, where the waiting engineering department was able to replace the pump so the ship could continue its voyage.

The cutter is set to arrive in New Orleans Tuesday afternoon as scheduled.

To follow the Eagle’s summer cruise, visit the ship’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CoastGuardCutterEagle.

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