CGC HUDSON (WLIC-801) is the second in a series of four of the Coast Guard's most modern inland construction tenders. The primary purpose of the HUDSON and her sister ships is to build, or rebuild if destroyed, those fixed aids to navigation used by mariners to safely navigate the inland waters of the United States. HUDSON is responsible for over 1,400 fixed aids to navigation. A fixed aid to navigation is a pile, either wood or steel, that is driven into the bottom, marking the edge of a channel. They can be equipped with a light, day-mark or both.
The HUDSON was built at the Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay (Baltimore), Maryland and placed in commission in 1976. The cutter is named after the Hudson River, a major navigable river in the state of New York.
Length...... 160 feet
Beam........ 32 feet
Draft.......... 05 feet
Engines..... 2 caterpillar 379's 500 HP each
Speed....... 10 Knots (10.5 MPH)
A Chief Warrant Officer serves as the cutter's Commanding Officer. A Boatswain's Mate Chief serves as the ship's Executive Petty Officer and a Chief Machinery Technician serves as the Engineer Petty Officer. The ship has a total crew of 15 people from various ratings assigned. These personnel include Boatswain's Mate (2), Machinery technician (2), Electrician (1), Damage Controlman (1), Food Specialist (1) and five non-rated personnel.
The HUDSON is home ported in Miami, FL. The normal operating area is from Vero Beach, FL through Biscayne Bay including the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway south to Key West and continuing on to the Dry Tortugas. She also has responsibility for constructing aids in Lake Okeechobee. HUDSON frequently ventures out of her "home waters" to assist other construction tenders with various projects or if disaster strikes (eg: hurricane damage to fixed aids to navigation).
The most unusual feature of HUDSON and her sister construction tenders are their "spuds". The spuds, four upright square steel piles, can be raised or lowered at will. When lowered into the sea bottom they prevent movement of the vessel, which provides a stable platform for our crane and pile driver. When underway the spuds are raised. The real workhorse of HUDSON is the crane with its 70 foot boom. The crane is capable of lifting loads up to 10 tons.
Being a modern cutter, the HUDSON was designed with crew comfort in mind. Two and four person berthing areas are equipped with individual air conditioning and heating units. The galley (kitchen) is large and equipped with modern appliances.
USCGC HUDSON (WLIC
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