Coast Guard Cutter SHERMAN (WHEC –720).
the sixth of twelve 378 foot high endurance cutters (WHEC's) built for the Coast
Guard in the 1960s. SHERMAN’s keel was laid on January 25th, 1967 at Avondale
Shipyards in New Orleans,
. She was launched on September 3rd,
1968. The cutter is named for John Sherman, the 19th century statesman who
served as Secretary of the Treasury from March 10th, 1877 to March 3rd, 1881
under President Rutherford B. Hayes. Also, Mr. Sherman served as Secretary of
State during the McKinley administration. He spent a total of 37 years in
Congress as a senator and representative from
and was the principle architect of the “
legislation passed in 1890.