Cutter Maple Completes Northwest Passage Voyage
JUNEAU, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrived at Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md., Aug. 29, after completing their voyage through the Northwest passage, the Coast guard announced in an Aug. 31 release.
Maple departed from its homeport in Sitka, Alaska, July 12. The crew transited above the Arctic Circle for 27 days.
Maple will now undergo scheduled maintenance in dry dock at the Coast Guard yard for repairs and upgrades. Maple’s crew will return to Sitka to take command of the 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kukui, which was previously homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is currently completing a mid-life renovation at the Baltimore yard.
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of three Coast Guard cutters and one Canadian ship that convoyed through the Northwest Passage, which are several passageways through the complex archipelago of the Canadian Arctic.
From May to September of 1957, the crews of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Storis, SPAR and Bramble, along with the crew of the Canadian icebreaker HMCS Labrador, charted, recorded water depths and installed aids to navigation for future shipping lanes.
Coast Guard Cutter Maple is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender. It was commissioned on Oct. 19, 2001.