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PENOBSCOT BAY Ship's History Archive

Documents and photographs from the cutter's 25-year history

PENOBSCOT BAY moored at Governor's Island on the morning of her commissioning.We are in the process of digitizing many important photographs, news clippings, and documents from PENOBSCOT BAY's history since her keel was first laid on July 1, 1983. The archive will be divided into sections by event (in the case of the ship's Commissioning, for example) and by theme (by mission area). Please continue to re-visit the site as we will be adding more content on a regular basis. The Archive is the beginning of an ongoing effort to share the PENOBSCOT BAY story and preserve the legacy left by her crew.

Archived news coverage of the PENOBSCOT BAY, her crew, and her operations is available in the "Media Center" section of our site. Our content, including newspaper articles, historical video footage, and news photographs, is organized by year and by theme. Newly scanned images will be added regularly.

WEBMASTER'S NOTE: Additional documents: The Coast Guard Historian's Office (CG-09224) maintains an online archive of historical documents of relevance to the Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter Service generally; this archive is available at

January 4, 1985: Commissioning

Features documents, photographs, and news clippings pertaining to PENOBSCOT BAY's Commissioning Ceremony on January 4, 1985. Included are the Operating Facility Change Order (OFCO) ordering the commissioning of the cutter and copies of the remarks given at the ceremony.

Historical News Clippings and Media Coverage

A collection of over 50 newspaper articles and media clippings featuring the cutter and its operations from 1985 to the present. Many of the articles have been digitized from the cutter's onboard historical collection. Content in this section of the archive, which includes newspaper articles, historical video footage, and news photographs, is organized by year and by theme

Cutter Awards and Recognition

Over her quarter-century of distinguished service, PENOBSCOT BAY and her crew have earned many formal awards and recognition for their operational accomplishments and community relations efforts. Many of the citations are featured, with annotations, in this section of the archive.

More events to follow

Please check back with us regularly as we continue to add content to the archive.
Last Modified 1/12/2016