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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter
Courier
A Historic Image Gallery


We hope that you enjoy this gallery of historic photographs of the Coast Guard cutter Courier (WAGR / WAT-410).

Unless otherwise noted, the following are official U.S. Coast Guard images.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

HOBOKEN, N.J., Feb. 15. --- Guests departing the Coast Guard Cutter COURIER, new State Department-sponsored Voice of America ship, following commissioning exercises at Bethlehem Steel's Hoboken shipyard."; 15 February 1952; no photo number; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"Ceremony of Welcome to the U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER COURIER; Floating transmitter of the VOICE OF AMERICA; Municipal Pier IV, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1952."

A photo of the original program for President Harry Truman's dedication of Courier on 4 March 1952.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"President Harry S. Truman, as he presented an address during the ceremony of welcome aboard the USCGC COURIER in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 1952.  The entire program was broadcast by the 'Voice of America' from the ship, newly-commissioned floating transmitter of the State Department, which is manned by the U.S. Coast Guard."; 4 March 1952; Photo No. #5; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

Freedom's clear voice goes to sea."

RCA's advertisement number 9834-B that described Courier and her mission.  It also described the RCA radio equipment she carried on board to fulfill that "Cold War" mission.  It appeared in the following national publications: Radio Daily (2 July 1952); Editor & Publisher (12 July 1952); U.S. News (25 July 1952); Time (11 August 1952); Newsweek (18 August 1952); and Advertiser (August, 1952).


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"USCGC COURIER TRANSITING THE PANAMA CANAL."; 1952; no photo number; photo by "FOTO FLATAU PANAMA."


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photographer unknown.

The Courier underway, still in gray paint, probably early to mid-1952.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"HOBOKEN, N.J., Feb. 15---Chief Radio Electrician Henry C. Lodge (L), and Captain Oscar Wev, Commanding Officer of the newly commissioned Voice of America ship COURIER, inspect part of the ship's intricate radio system"; 15 February 1952; no photo number; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"HOBOKEN, N.J., Feb. 15---Congressmen and State Department officials watch as Chief Radio Engineer C. Lodge, USCG, demonstrates some of the radio equipment of the newly commissioned Voice of America ship COURIER.  L to R are: Dr. Wilson Compton, of the State Department, Representative Fred Marshall, of Minnesota, Representative Tom Steed, of Oklahoma, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jack MacFall, Representative Alfred D. Sieminski, of New Jersey, Mr. Lodge, and Captain Oscar Wev, Commanding Officer of the COURIER."; 15 February 1952; Photo No. 12; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"Rhodes, Greece."; 1953, Photo No. R3-11; photographer unknown but back of photo is initialed "R.J.R."


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"Rhodes, Greece."; 1953, Photo No. R3-10; photographer unknown but back of photo is initialed "R.J.R."


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"One of the 35 kilowatt high frequency transmitters in the transmitting room aboard the Coast Guard-manned COURIER, State Department-sponsored 'Voice of America' ship."; no date; Photo No. #14; photographer unknown.

The Coast Guardsman on the right is Ed Brustar (tuning the starboard Collins).


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"In the program control room on the superstructure deck of the USCGC COURIER, sea-going transmitter manned by the U.S. Coast Guard and sponsored by the State Department for 'Voice of America' broadcasts, Edwin L. Brusstar, Jr., of Philadelphia, Pa., Electronic Technician First Class, USCG, is seated at the control panel.  At his right is a playback from which programs are fed to the transmitters."; no date; Photo No. #15; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photo by David M. Newell.

This photo was provided courtesy of former Courier crewman David M. Newell.  He notes that this photo is "of about 1/3 of the RCA transmitter (150 KW output [&] 178 KW input).  My friend John Lowther [is] at the console relaxing."


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photo by Ronald Tourville.

Photo taken by former crewman Ronald Tourville and provided through the courtesy of his shipmate, David M. Newell.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photographer unknown.

This photo was provided courtesy of former Courier crewman David M. Newell


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photo by Paul Tabailoux.

This photo was taken by VOA engineer Paul Tabailoux and was provided through the courtesy of his former shipmate aboard Courier, David M. Newell.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photo by Paul Tabailoux.

This photo was taken by VOA engineer Paul Tabailoux and was provided through the courtesy of his former shipmate aboard Courier, David M. Newell.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photo by Paul Tabailoux.

This photo was taken by VOA engineer Paul Tabailoux and was provided through the courtesy of his former shipmate aboard Courier, David M. Newell.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photo by Paul Tabailoux.

This photo was taken by VOA engineer Paul Tabailoux and was provided through the courtesy of his former shipmate aboard Courier, David M. Newell


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photo by Paul Tabailoux.

This photo was taken by VOA engineer Paul Tabailoux and was provided through the courtesy of his former shipmate aboard Courier, David M. Newell


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption; 1957; no photo number; photo by David M. Newell.

This photo was provided courtesy of former Courier crewman David M. Newell.  He notes that this photo "was taken on the day Queen Fredrica came to Rhodes (Feb. or March of 1957) [and] when we came up on the air that afternoon we burned the halyard off the bow."


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"Rhodes, Greece, 1958 [sic]."; no photo number; photo by David M. Newell.

Photo provided courtesy of David M. Newell.  He noted that the "three black canvas signal flags flying from the front mast was a NOTAM to keep other ships away from us as we had set a couple of ships with loose stuff on their main deck (like bails of cotton) on fire."


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"Rhodes, Greece, 1958 [sic]."; no photo number; photo by David M. Newell.

Photo provided courtesy of David M. Newell, who noted that this photo showed the Courier "at anchor during the summer of 1959. . . .The admiral (can't remember his name) came over to Rhodes in the early summer of '59 and said he wanted the ship white like all the rest of the ships in the Coast Guard.  Jim Farmer, SKI, found several 55 gal drums of white paint in Athens and ordered them shipped to us.  There was a big effort on the part of Chief Olsen and the deck force to make the ship white.""


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"Her decks bristling with high powered antennae, the 339-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter COURIER is show here in July 1963 on station off Rhodes, Greece, serving in her unique role as radio relay broadcasting base for Voice of America."; July, 1963, Photo No. 6083; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption; 12 August 1964; Photo No. CPI-081764-08; photographer unknown.

The Courier arrives home for the first time in 12 years.  Note her long, "homeward bound" pennant fluttering from her foremast.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

"Coast Guard Cutter COURIER on patrol in Florida Straits."; February, 1967; Photo No. 02136-7; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption; May, 1968; Photo No. 5CGD-052968-03; CG Reservist Photo File No. 103 00 49A; photographer unknown.


A photo of the USCGC Courier

No caption/date/photo number; photographer unknown.

Photo courtesy of former Courier crewman David M. Newell.


The USCGC Courier in June, 1970.

No caption/photo number; photographer unknown (taken by the Courier's photographer).

The CGC Courier in June of 1970 after colliding with the USS Pocono (AGC-16) in the Chesapeake Bay.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Grecco.


The USS Pocono

No caption/photo number; photo by Chuck Grecco.

The USS Pocono (AGC-16) in June of 1970 after colliding with the CGC Courier in the Chesapeake Bay.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Grecco.

A Pocono crewman remembered:

"What I am about to tell you is clouded with 31 years of cobwebs, but I will tell you what I saw and remember as the best of my memory can recall.  I was the leading signalman on duty the day we were returning to port. . . . .We were returning to port after doing local ops for a short duration, the time of day was around mid-day and it was a beautiful clear sunny day. We were approaching the Hampton roads channel and a Coast Guard ship [CGC Courier] was coming toward us from the other direction. The crew of the Coast Guard ship was in formation on the Forecastle and remained in formation right up to the moment of the collision (which I thought sort of comical as they all fell forward like bowling pins when we hit.) I think we (the Pocono ) were at fault. My lookouts informed the officer of the deck that we were on a collision course with the Coast Guard and I remember him telling us that we had the right of way and thanked us for the info. The Coast Guard ship sounded his whistle warning us but we never gave way or altered our course. At the last minute the officer of the deck hollered to sound the collision alarm and to brace for impact. The rest, as they say is history."


Coast Guard cutter Courier (WAGR / WAT-410)


Last Modified 11/17/2014