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Original caption states: "Small Squadron of 3 95-foot vessels go south and west; Curtis Bay, Md. -- Three Coast Guard 95-foot boats, the CG 95333, CG 95334, and CG 95335, left here August 6 on a voyage through the Panama Canal. The CG 95334, of which Lieutenant (j.g.) John C. Wirtz is Commanding Officer, will proceed from San Diego to her home port, Santa Barbara, California. The CG 95333, captained by Lieutenant (j.g.) Thomas W. Kirkpatrick, and the CG 95335, of which Lieutenant (j.g.) Albert D. Super is skipper, will go on to Kahulul, island of Maui, and Nawiliwili, Island of Kauai, respectively, in Hawaii. While en route, the following informal foreign visits have been arranged: Port au Prince, Haiti, August 14-17; Kingston, Jamaica, August 18-20; Cartagena, Columbia, August 22-24; Balboa[,] August 25-28; Salina Cruz, Mexico, September 2; Acapulco, Mexico, September 3-6; and Manzanillo, Mexico, September 7-9. Each vessel carries an enlisted crew of 14. Lieutenant (j.g.) Thomas W. Kirkpatrick has overall command of the small squadron. All three vessels were built at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, Maryland, which is the service's only shipbuilding establishment. In their home waters, the duties of the three new cutters will be those of search-and-rescue patrol craft."; photo dated 10 August 1959; no photo number/photographer listed.