The Rescue of the Pendleton

The Rescue of the Pendleton (HM1733)

Location: Chatham, MA 02633 Barnstable County
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N 41° 40.26', W 69° 56.955'

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One of the most spectacular small boat rescues on the east coast of the United States occurred on February 18, 1952. The tanker Pendleton broke in half off the coast of Chatham during a fierce Nor' caster storm. In blinding rain and sixty foot seas, the crew of the Coast Guard motor lifeboat CG36500 responded from the Chatham Fish Pier, traversing the treacherous Chatham Bar and rescuing thirty-two crew members of the doomed ship. They were then able to navigate safely back to the Fish Pier in total darkness and without the aid of a compass, which had been washed overboard. This heroic feat has been described by the Coast Guard as the Mount Everest of rescues. Each member of the crew was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for their bravery.

The CG36500 was built in 1946 and was retired from service in 1968.

In 1982 the vessel was fully restored through the efforts of volunteers and is maintained through private donations. The lifeboat remains afloat, actively touring ports throughout southeastern New England as a floating museum dedicated to the brave lifesavers of Cape Cod.

HM NumberHM1733
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 3:44pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] BRIDGER1963  [2] BRIDGER1963  [3] BRIDGER1963  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 420981 N 4613683
Decimal Degrees41.67100000, -69.94925000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 40.26', W 69° 56.955'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 40' 15.60" N, 69° 56' 57.30" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-48 Main St, Chatham MA 02633, US
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