A little bit of history is making a special stop in Garibaldi, Sept. 2
By Jordan Wolfe
Thirty-six feet of history, to be exact, in the form of 36391, a recently rebuilt TR model Coast Guard motor lifeboat from 1934.
“It was the workhorse for all Coast Guard stations,” said Albert “Ole” Olsen, retired Coast Guard captain. He added the TR models were self-righting and self-bailing and were used on the east coast, west coast and on the Great Lakes for rescue missions. It’s the only one fully operational –- probably – on the west coast.”
The owner of the boat, Glen Cathers, is taking it to various Coast Guard Lifeboat stations, according to Olsen and has invited to Cathers to display the boat for the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday at moorage F-05, across from Charter Boat Row at the Port of Garibaldi harbor.
According to Olsen, the boat was assigned to the Point Adams Lifeboat Station at Hammond, where it served for 22 years. And eventually found in disrepair in Astoria by Cathers.
“Over a period of time, he completely rebuilt it,” Olsen said.
He added a wrinkle to the tale, adding Cathers’ father, Johnny, was a surfman at Point Adams from 1936 to 1940 and again from 1943 to 1954, ultimately becoming the officer in charge and retiring as a Chief Boatswain Mate in 1962.
“The boat he found was at his dad’s station,” Olsen said. “No doubt his dad ran this boat on many, many rescue missions.”
The historical TR 36391 will be on display from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday at moorage F-05, across from Charter Boat Row at the Port of Garibaldi harbor.