PO Box 49
Small Boat Harbor, Float F
Seward, AK 99664
Tel: (907) 224-5202
Fax: (907) 224-5204
The Coast Guard Cutter Mustang was built by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, Inc. in Lockport, Louisiana and launched in September 1986. Mustang was the 10th Island Class Patrol Boat to be built and the first to serve in the Pacific Ocean. Mustang was named after Mustang Island off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas. In November 1986, Mustang relieved the CGC Cape Jellison as the Coast Guard’s northern most patrol boat. Every year, Mustang spends roughly 150 days at sea conducting its missions. Mustang is one of six Island Class Patrol Boats in Alaska and one of the three that protect and patrol the Valdez Marine Oil Terminal in Port Valdez.
Over the past two years Mustang has traveled over 20,000 nautical miles ranging between Kodiak and Dixon Entrance. Mustang has participated in oil spill recovery drills, worked as a harbor defense platform during the Navy’s Winter Northern Edge Exercise, and spent a month on the US/Canada border upholding the rights of US fisherman along the disputed A/B line. When in Valdez, Mustang enforces the security zone surrounding the Valdez Marine Oil Terminal and provides escorts for oil laden tankers outbound to the West Coast.
The small coastal town of Seward is known for its scenic views, numerous visitor attractions, and as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. Seward is located about 125 miles south of Anchorage, about 3 hours by road. The town is the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, dating back to its origins in the early 1900’s. Seward has over 3,000 year round residents, however that number swells considerably during the summer visitor season. The town is famous in Alaska for its Fourth of July celebration that features a grueling foot race to the top of the 3,000 foot Mt. Marathon. For two weeks in August, Seward hosts the Silver Salmon Derby, touting some of the best sport fishing in the world. You won’t be disappointed with Seward’s fine selection of shops, restaurants and lodging choices.