Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay

March 7, 2008 marked Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay’s 100-year Anniversary!
On this date in 1908, Barview Lifesaving Station was established on the then-largest unprotected section of Oregon coastline. 
Capt. Robert Farley was the Keeper, beginning Mar. 7, 1908 and served in that capacity until May of 1934.
The original station was located one and a half miles north of Garibaldi.  Sold to a private party in 1942, another was then built. 
In 1981,  Station Tillamook Bay was inaugurated along with a boathouse and haul-out facility.
Historic photographs, movies, and the station’s scrap book were displayed as part of the celebration.  A search-and-rescue demonstration was planned as well as tours of boats, station and equipment. 
NW Limited was there to honor this prestigious occasion!  
Here are a few pictures:

A memorial to the 11 lives lost on the Taki Tooo and other boats and lives lost on the Tillamook Bar (seen in the distance behind the memorial itself on the horizon)

The bell from the wreck of the Glenesslin, one of the most famous shipwrecks along this stretch of coastline.

SAR demonstration, which is tricky in any kind of weather…just imagine the wind blowing 70 knots and swells of 30 ft. It happens! These are the guys to call!

Just one of the many pages of memorabilia representing events these men and women have responded to. If you click the image above, it should bring up a readable image.
The personal notes from the loved ones of the lost lives are heartbreaking, but represent the very real risk in light of life amidst the elements of the Oregon coast.

NW Limited’s “Dead Reckoning” chart was one of the stars of this presentation of Oregon coast and Coast Guard history, and received much admiration for the sheer volume of history presented in such a beautiful manner.
(Click on the above photo to be taken to a slide show with more photos from the event.)
The United States Coast Guard provides our country with priceless dedication to patrolling our waterways, performing above and beyond the call of duty to ensure safety of boaters, the public, also security of country.
We at NW Limited…History in VogueTM thank you for that, and for including us in your special day.

Links:
The United States Coast Guard History in the Columbia River Area
U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay to Celebrate 100-year anniversary March 7 (Daily Astorian)
USCG Station Tillamook Bay Area Familiarization Photo Gallery

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  1. [...] History in VogueTM (our website, where you can order a shipwreck chart for your favorite Coastie!) Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay celebrates 100 years Published [...]

  2. As a seaman stationed at Tillamook Bay from 11/83 to 4/85 I was boat keeper of SRB33609. My Question is, what happened to the boat or its whereabouts. Also the fate of MLB44369 and MLB44409. This period of my life was truely the most exciting and gratifing time I have ever experienced. Semper Peratis

  3. I was stationed at CG Tillamook Bay from 1971-1793 and was Coxswain of CG44369. It was a terrifying and exhilerating experience at time, but the rewards far outdistanced the struggles. The comradry between the people stationed there was incredible and I will never forget the Station’s dogs (Duke and Duke Jr.). I would be interested to find out where some of the other people who were there are today and what they are doing. If you were there, please e-mail be and let me know what is happening in our life.

  4. 1972-1974 was a busy time for me at Tillamook Bay station, including a summer at Nehalem. Many, many hours on the 44379, 44409, 36535, and 256000 were logged, and numerous boat calls that remain clear in my memories. 35 years later I still remain friends with several coasties from there. A recent visit to Garibaldi for a reunion, with a tour of the “new” station helped me remember and realize how important the coast guard is at Tillamook Bay. The dedication of those guys is amazing!!

  5. As a 2nd generation X-Coastie, I had the pleasure of visiting CG Sta. Tillamook today 9/21/10. I only spent a short time there because I didn’t want to interupt the operations in any way.
    I served from 1960-64, out of Boston on the USCGC Bibb, USCGC Eastwind, and the USCGC laurel up in Rockland Maine. My Dad, Bob Bonville Sr. was in the Guard from 1939-1964. Although we were both in together during the early 60’s we never served together.
    I was very proud to see the caliber of the men and their obvious professionalism. Congratulations to the leadership of CG Sta. Tillamook.

    Thank you
    Bob Bonville

  6. My name is Chris Cunningham and was stationed at Tillamook Bay from 11/72 thru 10/75. BMC Earl Maroney
    was OinC of the station then. I remember BM1 Dave Duren that ran Nehalem River station in the summertime.They ran CG 36535 up there during summer ops.BM Dan Hubbard, EN1 Greeson, ET Bradstreet, EM Hull, BM Ken Foshaug, BM Puderbaugh (PUD),SN Chris Cawley, SN Ray Lavoie, a cook named Jerry, and I will remember the rest later. We had CG 44409 and CG 44379 side by side under the big shelter. I remember the first man overboard drills as a boot out in Tillamook Bay in January…our initiation to the station. BM Bowen was just loving it telling us to “go” into the water and then circle back and pick us up..slowly.
    I remember BM Duren had us “boots” up on the bow of 379 as we looking for “lobster pots” crossing the Columbia Bar…coming Cape D. 379 had some bottom work done on it and we had to ferry it back to Tillamook Bay. Duren and another BM opened up a can of Dinty Moore beef stew and sucked the grease off the top…us “boots” saw this and got sick right away and headed for the rail and puked our guts out. What a trip that was. It was an eye opening time in my life and I will never forget Tillamook Bay.I remember coming across a breaking bar with BM Ken Foshaug as coxswain with a fishing boat in tow when the towline parted like a rifle shot. The line hit Ken in the face and bloodied up his eye real good. He asked me if his eye was still there, was it messed up and I said it was okay. He then manuevered the 379 around and we went at reestablished the tow close to the north jetty’s and brought the fishing boat in and moored it at the commercial docks in Garibaldi. Ken did a great job taking care of us that day.He healed up just fine. A day in the life.

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