United States Coast Guard Cutter BLOCK ISLAND was the forty fourth 110-foot “Island Class” cutter to join a fleet of 49 patrol boats. Commissioned in November 1991, she is aptly named for Block Island, a quaint island located off the coast of Rhode Island. BLOCK ISLAND, home ported in Atlantic Beach, NC was built primarily as a Law Enforcement platform. However, like all Coast Guard assets, BLOCK ISLAND is considered a multi-mission patrol craft capable of search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and homeland security. Although BLOCK ISLAND’s motto is “Guardian of the Crystal Coast”, she can be regularly found patrolling waters along the Eastern Seaboard from Florida to New Jersey.
BLOCK ISLAND was designed and built by Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard, located in Lockport, Louisiana. Her sleek design is based on the internationally renowned Vosper Thornycraft Patrol Boats of Great Britain. Designed as a high-speed, heavy weather craft, BLOCK ISLAND employs active-fin roll stabilizers to reduce ship motion and crew fatigue. Twin V-16 Caterpillar diesel engines propel the ship at speeds in excess of 26 knots. Outfitted with a crew of 18, BLOCK ISLAND serves as a vital asset along North Carolina’s vast and often unforgiving coastline.