Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay
BRISTOL BAY was built by the Tacoma Boatbuilding Co. in 1978. She was
commissioned in Detroit in 1979. The USCGC BRISTOL BAY is one of just two
Bay-class cutters that work in conjunction with a special barge. BRISTOL BAY
the second of the U.S. Coast Guard's 140-foot icebreaking tugs. She is named
after the body of water formed by the Alaskan peninsula which empties into
the Bering Sea. In August 1991, Bristol Bay became the first Bay-class tug
to receive a barge specially-designed to perform aids-to-navigation work.
The 120-foot long barge works with the ship to service more than 160 aids to
navigation each year.