An interesting place to visit is the Coast Guard Station in Chatham. They occupy the former Chatham Twin Lights Keepers House and their boats are kept at the Chatham Fish Pier or at Stage Harbor. The last operational 44 footer, the CG44301 was retired at Station Chatham in May 2009 in a moving ceremony with Admiral Thad Allen in attendance.The station has the first 42 footers, the CG42001, CG42002 and CG42303. The latter are powered by two 500 HP Caterpillar engines, and are pretty impressive. Occasionally one of these is sent to Station Merrimack River, MA for Surf Training of that Crew.
Tours of Chatham Light are given on Wednesday afternoons in season by the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Plug “25 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633 ” in to your GPS, and you’ll find yourself in front of Chatham Light, over looking the Atlantic Ocean.
Photo at left taken October, 2008 in front of the Chatham Light, inside the bar. The new CG42001, the then 62 year old CG36500, and the then 45 year old CG44301. Three self righting motor lifeboats, spanning the period from 1946 to 2009!
This photo shows the restored motor lifeboat CG36500 underway. Richard, proprietor of this site, is now the Operations Manager for her.