New Cutter Named for Cape Cod Hero

The lead Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter, the Bernard C. Webber, enters the water for the first time on April 21, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CapeCodOnline reports that a new Coast Guard cutter, named for a Cape Cod guardsman who made a name for himself during a historic rescue off Chatham, Massachusetts, was launched on April 14 in Lockport, Louisiana.

Portrait of Boatswain's Mate First Class Bernard Webber in 1952. Official USCG Photo.

The Bernard C. Webber is the first of 58 “Sentinel Class” Fast Response Cutters the Coast Guard plans to build, according to the agency’s website.

The vessel is named for “Bernie” Webber, boatswain’s mate of CG36500, who helped rescue 32 crewmen from the freighter Pendleton, which sank in a gale off Chatham, Massachusetts, in 1952.

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