Wednesday, January 26, 2011
USCG Henry Blake WLM-563
Just after sunrise this morning I spotted another US Coast Guard ship working out in Port Townsend Bay, the buoy tender Henry Blake WLM-563. The Henry Blake had a green buoy on deck and was just "milling" about while they worked on it. A bit later, she cruised over towards the mill and I had a great view from the upper lab window.
The Henry Blake is the 13th out of 14 Keeper Class USCG Coastal Buoy Tenders. She was commissioned on October 27, 2000. She operates out of Everett, Washington and has an active duty crew of 25.
The Keeper Class tenders are each named after a famous US lighthouse keeper. Henry Blake was the first light house keeper of the New Dungeness Light on Dungeness Spit, over in Port Angeles, Washington (just down the road from us).