George C. Scott’s brush with death in Morro Bay aboard the M.V. Mojo

M.V. Mojo encountering monster wave a mouth of Morro Bay Harbor

One of the most iconic images associated with  Morro Bay , California is a photo of Hollywood star, George C. Scott’s chartered yacht, the 84’ long M.V. Mojo, being smashed by a monster wave as it attempted to leave the harbor during a turbulent winter storm, January 28, 1978.

Ignoring harbor patrol and U.S. Coast Guard’s warnings not to attempt leaving Morro Bay, Scott commanded his skipper to head on out. The result was a brush with death at the legendary Morro Bay Harbor mouth.

Today, the luxury yacht  M.V. Mojo  operates out of Newport Beach, California as a luxury charter yacht, and it’s played a supporting role in numerous television shows and movies.

LISTEN TO THE NPR PODCAST with Morro Bay Harbor Patrol and skipper of M.V. Mojo today

M.V. Mojo today in Newport Beach, California where it serves as a luxury charter yacht operated by Hornblower Cruises

Brian N. Tissot

Brian N. Tissot

Deadly jetties: surfer’s dreams, captain’s nightmares.

george c scott yacht morro bay

The Dual Nature of Jetties

Whenever humans seek to control the environment, the smackdown can be severe and unpredictable. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the sea. Here, the ocean teaches us the folly of our plans, sometimes with fatal consequences. Jetties are prime examples. Built to create harbors and to control beach erosion, the disconnect between design and reality are often stark (Pilkey and Dixon, 1998). With respect to surfers, although there are downsides , we generally come out on top, as jetties create some of the best human-made waves on the planet. But for vessels entering and exiting harbors, jetties can be both a blessing and a curse. So here’s an example of two things we’ve learned from jetties: 1) How they have created some great surf spots; and 2) Some of the tragedies and near-death experiences created by jetties.

Death’s Doormat : Morro Bay’s famous jetties

One of the most famous images associated with Morro Bay’s jetties is a photo of the 84’ long  M.V. Moj o, chartered by Hollywood star, George C. Scott’s during a massive winter storm on January 28, 1978. Ignoring warnings not to attempt leaving Morro Bay, the impatient Scott demanded that his skipper head out despite the risks. The result was an iconic photo of a near-death experience at the legendary Morro Bay harbor mouth that cost the owner $85,000 in repairs. Luckily, no one was killed and injuries were not life-threatening.

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Morro Bay’s jetties are well known for dangerous conditions and are called “Death’s Doormat” by the local newspaper. Each year in the 1980s and 90s, the jetties claimed at least two lives. Because of that, it is near the top of the Coast Guard’s list of dangerous waterways.

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Historically,  Morro Bay was a natural harbor that allowed limited entry by small boats into the bay. In 1933-35 a causeway was built out to Morro Rock which was used as a quarry for building material. The jetties were built in 1942-43 to support naval training and patrol craft.  Due to large storms, the north jetty was damaged and repaired in 1943, 1944, 1946 and 1983. Major El Niño storms in 1983 caused $1,430,000 in damage to both breakwaters (Bottin, 1988).

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From the air the jetties look fairly straightforward: they face SW, away from large winter swells, but like most jetties, they alter the flow of sand which creates a shallowing at the entrance to the harbor that requires dredging, which happens, on average, every other decade.

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When swells are big, generally from Nov-Mar, the waves can break across the mouth of the harbor, and combined with strong tidal currents from the bay, make it very difficult (or impossible) to enter or exit the harbor. According to the Army Corp of Engineers, this happens about 28 days per year, on average (Table 1; Kaihatu et al., 1989). To make matters worse, winter swells arrive at a different direction than the opening to the harbor, requiring a turn across the prevailing swell direction which can push a vessel into the south jetty or into the surf down the coast. Lastly (as if that wasn’t enough), wave reflection off the end of the north jetty creates a cross-wave double peak at the entrance (see below), creating an additional unpredictable hazard that can be difficult to navigate.

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In fact, that’s exactly what happened on Feb. 16, 1983, during the famous El Niño storm year when the 44′ whale watching boat, the San Mateo , headed out with 32 passengers, including 23 Middle School students. Despite repeated warnings not to exit the harbor, the boat was hit by three large waves at the entrance and capsized, sending everyone in the water. None were wearing lifejackets.  As reported in the SLO Telegram-Tribune , at the time, then harbor patrolman Jerry Mendez stated: “ With that many kids, with the conditions we had … ” then he slowly shook his head. In his many years of patrolling the harbor, about half of the people on boats that capsized ended up drowning. Miraculously, due to the near-instant response of the Harbor Patrol, who had watched them head out and tried to warn them, with assistance by the Coast Guard, everyone was saved within 30 min.

Ironically, the city of Morro Bay was sued by insurance companies and survivors and settled out of court to minimize costs.  Many consider Morro Bay one of the most dangerous harbors in the nation: from 1979-1987, 21 lives were lost in boating accidents. Finally, in 1995, the Army Corps of Engineering deepened and expanded the channel to improve safety but there are still many days when it is impossible to cross the harbor mouth.

This situation isn’t uncommon in the US and other dangerous harbors include Humboldt Bay, California; Coos Bay, Oregon; and Oregon Inlet in North Carolina. For a detailed look at the history of Oregon Inlet checkout Pilkey and Dixon’s book, The Corp and the Shore.

Although the Morro Bay jetties create several surf spots — Widow’s Wall, Corners and South Jetty, all decent waves — they are not comparable to other famous jetty spots such as the Ala Moana Bowls , Newport Wedge , Santa Cruz Harbor , and the Santa Barbara Sandspit.

Accidental Wave : Santa Barbara Sand Spit

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Creating perfect waves is difficult, as evidenced by the failures of many human-made reefs (but check out  Kelly Slater’s wave park ). Interestingly, all of the best jetty waves were accidentally created by the Army Corp of Engineers in its efforts to create safe harbors for boats. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Santa Barbara Sandspit, arguably one of the best jetty-created waves.

Montage of historical photos showing the development of the Santa Barbara Sandspit after jetty construction began in 1928 ( source ):

In the case of Santa Barbara, the waves took decades to develop. The first jetties were built in 1928-29. Over many years, the southward transport of sand built up Leadbetter Beach that eventually overflowed into the harbor, and despite constant dredging, creating a sandbar at the harbor mouth in the 1960s, producing an amazing wave.

Montage of photos showing the wave at the Santa Barbara Sandspit as it enters the harbor ( source ):

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It’s a very unusual wave. The hollow right-hand barrel begins with a huge backwash coming out at an angle from the breakwater that breaks over a shallow sand bottom in front of the breakwater rocks. The wave is dangerous and can get very crowded but offers a superb tube-riding experience. Here’s an excellent description from Surfline :

“Here’s how Sandspit works: a set will approach the breakwater, hit the backwash, jack up right in front of some craggy jetty boulders and spin-off down the line. The takeoffs are ridiculously steep and are often outright airdrops, so paddle into them like mad, hop up as soon as you can and look to pull-in from ground zero. When conditions are ideal, the wave is a straight tube, nothing else. No room for carves, reentries or floaters. Visualize Kirra, but on a smaller, colder scale. You’ll see a lot of kids trying to launch airs at Sandspit, but why risk flopping over an endless, mind-bending barrel? Tuberiding is the name of the game here, but it’s also a dangerous place to surf. Not only is the bottom extremely shallow and the lips like jackhammers, surfers have been known to get washed over the breakwater and deposited in fetus position on the other side. Watch that backwash.” – Surfline.com

Short video of Sandspit during Hurricane Marie in 2014:

In summary, the ocean teaches us she is firmly in control and our powers to manipulate her are insignificant by comparison. The bottom line is that although jetties as human constructs are generally successful in achieving their goals, we are a long ways from mastering the manipulation of coastal processes.

For ultimately we must realize that the ocean is all powerful and there is a limit to what we can do. There is a very clear wall that can be reached where the ocean just says “No, you are not going to do that!” and you are pushed back or you die. It isn’t a malevolent action, nor a kind one, it is just the ocean being itself; indifferent to the activities of humans, indeed all living things. The ocean just is. The challenge for us is seeing the limit, seeing that wall. It isn’t visible or even obvious. But when you see it you will never forget it.

References :

  • Bottin, R.R. 1998. Case Histories of Corp Breakwater and Jetty Structures. Coastal Engineering Research Center. Dept. Army. Report 1. 70pp.
  • Kaihatu, J. M., L.S. Lillycrop and E. F. Thompson. 1989. Effects of Entrance Channel Dredging at Morro Bay, California. US Army Corps of Engineers. Misc paper CERC-89-13.
  • Middlecamp, D. 2018. Waves crushed a Morro Bay tour boat and tossed 23 kids into the sea. How did they survive? San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune . Accessed March 25, 2018.
  • Pilkey, O. H. and K. D. Dixon. 1998. The Corp and the Shore . Island Press.
  • Swellbrains, 2016. California Perfection Last Week at Sandspit in Santa Barbara. Surfline.com . Accessed April 24, 2018.

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Guest 29-Nov-2015 17:32
Tillamook bay ran the 36309 44409 44379 all great boats we would go do this for fun
BM1 Langlois Heavy weather coxswain
Ronald Baumann 12-Jan-2015 04:23
i was stationed at Short Beach Life boat station Long Island NY 1/1/1960 to 9/12/1963
LT Mike Snively, USCG (ret) 12-Nov-2014 06:22
This is how we did it back in 1985 with the CGC Cape Wash (WPB 95310). I was the CO and we decommissioned both cutters shortly after they were transferred to the Navy. CGC Point Winslow (82ftr) out of SFran relieved me June of 1987. LT Mike Snively kids
Tamiko Willie 13-Apr-2014 23:53
I'm the first female Coastie ever to be stationed at Morro Bay, back in the day, before they were a full-on station, we were only a SARDET, a detachment. They cobbled together every piece of crap that could be spared on the West coast and sent it to Morro Bay. January 23, 1995, was my first day as duty engineer on our structurally unsound 30' Surf rollover boat. That's the day the bar was closed out w/25-30' waves all across the harbor mouth, the day the Navy Seals rolled their boat and we got to go out and rescue them, along with the Harbor Patrol. Lemme tell you, they do not take kindly to being rescued by a girl ;-) Great pictures, man.
Gary Donnelly 09-Apr-2013 00:39
Born and raised Newport Oregon. Grandfather, Richard Van Hine in command of Yaquina Bay LBS and group commander before retirement. Tom McAdams presented the flag at his funeral. We display it very proudly. Mr. Van Hine was my hero and USCG a pert of my life since I was old enough to remember.
Guest 11-Feb-2013 00:47
please show some pictures or paint6ins of the 36 ft lifreboat
guest 01-Sep-2012 00:44
Anyone have any info when the 52' MLB Invincible @USCG Station Grays Harbor rolled during training back in the 1990's? My husband was on that boat, and we can not find any record of it anywhere besides the newspaper clippngs that I have. Even at the station where she is still at, they never heard of anything.... thanks
Guest 15-Feb-2012 04:07
Craig Torno
Served 74 to 78 great egg station in new jersey loved the boats 30521, 41344, 44302,
201503 search and rescue had the 44' on edge a couple of times and the 41' airborne
great boats all of them
Paul Suchey 04-Jan-2012 17:33
Paul Suchey I was stationed in Hatteras Inlet 1974-1976. I remember when Oregon Inlet rolled their 44. Good thing the coxswain wasn't wearing his seat belt, the chair broke off.
tim perry 10-Apr-2011 20:27
all four 52 footers are still in service - they can no way be replaced - rolled the intrepid from coos bay in 76
Guest 26-Mar-2011 14:42
Try mailto:[email protected]
Tom Chanpley 18-Feb-2011 23:47
I Would like to build a radio controlled model of the 36' motor life boat. I've found pages of of information about the boat. Lots of pictures and dimensions of the boat. I'm interested in building a accurate model. I would be willing to pay for the plans, but they must be correct. Can abyone help me.

Sincerely Thomas Champley

Ron Burnsworth,BMC Retired 16-Feb-2011 16:48
Served from 1961-1981 Montery,Morro Bay,Fire Island, brings back alot of memories.
CG44346
Guest 31-Dec-2010 21:09
I SERVED FM 1961-1963 ON CG-36459 & CG-83389 at USCG lifeboat sta PORT ARANSAS,TX Very best CG VESSELS EVER. AMEN..
calvin 11-Nov-2010 10:46
any one stationed @ racine wi, LBS or racine reef light house,or loran station anguar ,palua, or buffalo base,ny between 1954---1958 ?
Guest 11-Nov-2010 10:40
To an old light house keeper these photo looks kind of exciting. any one served betweem 1954--1958 ? ex BM2/c ,racine, wi. LBS and racine reef light house
Uncle Snaf 23-Oct-2010 02:38
The 44377 was my girl, I loved that boat always brought me home in style. Back in 1990-92 they were finishing trials on the new 47's back then. I always wanted to ride a 47' but never had the chance.
Brian 20-Oct-2010 20:45
Hey: who was the guy that entered LIMA-113??? I was in that boot camp class also. Brian Hill
walter 28-Aug-2010 02:12
Made Coxwain on 44341 in 1985 stationed Fire Island read that Chuck was also on that 44, made a comment about her speed 7.5 knots. I must correct correct that story, she made at least 10 knots downtide with the wind Great boat and it always took us home
13-May-2010 16:01
Did you know Scott Redd who also was there at the day of this event and took photos which were published in yachts magizine?
Guest 06-Mar-2010 12:36
reply to bob nickerson comment- on the 44s and the 52s we were never caged in-only had safety
harness attached to us and hold on!
05-Mar-2010 19:43
big papa shade! hi steve-we had a damn good crew at coos bay station-remember when the intrepid rolled and we went back out 3 hours later?! long time pal-tim perry
05-Mar-2010 19:28
I am so glad that I was not on that boat!!!
ken 30-Nov-2009 09:15
any one up other then myself in the coast guard ?
John Foster 22-Nov-2009 22:43
Served 1972-76 at Short Beach Station on Jones Beach N.Y. We had some interesting seas, but nothing like that.... As a coxswain we did test 44342 many times. Never came close to rolling it, but have seen much green water slamming into the wind shield..... It was a great time of my life.... Great photos!!!! Thanks
Dave Nelson 13-Oct-2009 03:10
I was stationed in Morro Bay in 1958 on the CGC Alert. It was a real challenge then and I see it still is. Met the girl of my dreams there and we've been married 47 years.
Lots of good memories of M.B.
Allen Harrop 15-May-2009 01:20
My stomach started to get tight and the days of the 36 foot lifeboat came back to me again! What a Boat! Sure would like to ride on one of those steel boats.All my sailing was on small boats and one ship. Tha Yamacraw out of Boston W333.
I did enjoy the small boats
Guest 14-Apr-2009 20:04
to anwser the person asking what rates where on the boat or are on the boat... the 47 is required to have on MK (Engineer) One coxswain (BM) and two other qualified members. Non rates can be on the boat, or any other rate as long as they have passed their quals and board for the MLB.

(Was stationed in MB on Dec 4, 2007)
Guest 09-Apr-2009 14:36
Retired disabled U.S. Coast Guard Bosn. Qualified Motor Surfman who trained at Cape Dissapointment Washington and piloted several 44 Motor Life Boats, the predecessor to the new 47. Been there, done that and would do it again if I still could. Ran everything from 16ft to 65ft and never felt safer than I did on those old steel slugs. I always knew that they would get me home as long as I respected the seas.
joe tomcho 30-Dec-2008 01:23
I'm a surfer---Awesome--I would rather be on the ship
x boatswain mate 04-Dec-2008 05:05
ran both the 44394 and the 44401 out of Florence 77 to 81 these pictures bring back memories
Guest 26-Nov-2008 11:08
Just out of curiosity, what rate are the people who usually work on the Motor Lifeboats like this one? I would assume that you have Boatswain's Mates, but is there anyone else onboard?
Chuck 19-Nov-2008 20:14
Spent to much time on a 44' mlb (44341) At a blistering speed of 7.5 knots, I would trade up to a 47' mlb any day. Nice photos. Hope everyone is OK.
Doug B. 23-Oct-2008 08:00
Awsomes photos, I was a Cox'n on 44's and it was the toughest boat afloat. Brought back memories from years ago. Lest we forget, 44344
Guest 06-Oct-2008 17:00
i was stationed at MLB station Hatteras inlet. We trashed one of these on a rock jetty. they are great untill the water depth is less than the antenna hight then they dont want to turn over.
Tripp 18-Sep-2008 00:02
STEVE BM3, I too was at Cape May from 95 to 99 a MK at the time. The 01 was a fun boat to ride esp when the N. Easters came down the Jersey coast. It definitly beat the three 41 footers there, nice cold A/C in the summer months
Steve BM3 89-95 17-Sep-2008 23:18
I was at Sta Cape May with the 47201 between '94 & '95. It was one of the best times of my life. We used to push that thing to the limits. We never rolled, but I remeber being hooked into the fly bridge and being able to dip my head in the water. That thing would ride the keel like nobody's business. I can attribute that to a great cox'n. We also used to use it for fishing for blues in the inlet. There's not always an emergency to attend to ya know.
I still miss going balls out in the rough. I guess back then I was young enough to get off on this kind of stuff. Now I may hold back a little. Naaa, I'd still love it.
Guest 24-Aug-2008 22:26
The comment section is too long. How about some pictures of our neighbor the New Smyrna coast guard staition?
Guest 19-Aug-2008 20:55
THAT LOOKS LIKE FUN!!!
Santi 13-Aug-2008 02:02
i wish i was in that boat! must have been extremely exciting...after they realized they were ok in one piece.
Guest 29-Jul-2008 12:25
I just happened to find this series of photographs and they are most impressive. I've been on the Amble,Northumberland, Engalnd R.N.L.I. lifeboat crew for forty years in January 2009 and they are as good as I've seen. We had a Waveney class 44 foot which was designed on the U.S. Coastguard 44ft MLB from 1986 until 1999 and we loved it. This class seen here seems every bit as good, if not better. I'm most impressed. Rodney Burge Coxswain (retired)Amble
SailorPaul 14-Jul-2008 05:40
Reply: $6 million

...Gues
i need to get me one of them boats. how much they go for so i can go play in the surf
Guest 11-Jun-2008 19:42
What size boat does the coast guard use for a small crew boat and how many make up a small crew?
Corey 05-Jun-2008 01:42
Any idea if we can get full-res pictures? I would love to make a wallpaper out of a couple of these. Much appreciated, fantastic shots!
Joe Brandner 26-May-2008 03:22
to BM1 Stephen S. Shade (STAINLESS STEEL), Hi from one of your
deck force, I still tell people that I was stationed with the guy who drummed
on "Little bit o' Soul", and "Green Tambourine" and you said they were basic-
ally the same group. You were a good coxswain and crewmember, and I only
regret I was so paranoid in the Service, as you probably recall. I dug being a
Coastie, and I know you did, especially in the time of Jimmie as our C inC.
Take care, nice to see something from a fellow CBS crewman.
Guest 20-May-2008 21:24
I was talking to a Morro Bay Tour guide this weekend. He said he contracts out to the Coast Guard to dive and clean the barnacles of these boats. His story is that the boat driver tried to reverse to avoid the wave breaking over them but hesitated and got nailed. If you look at the second photo, it does look like there may be a wake in the front?
Floene 08-Mar-2008 01:59
Reminiscent of many scenes in "Deadliest Catch" where viewers could witness unbelievable events right before their eyes. Truth is truly stranger than fiction.
Joe Geribo 05-Mar-2008 02:40
You people are something else! God bless all of you un sung hereos, thank you for your bravery.
BIG PAPA SHADE 04-Feb-2008 18:13
BIG PAPA BM1 SHADE COOS BAY STATION 1975 TO 1979 RAN 52 INTREPID HAD 44 FTRS ALSO GOOD JOB BOYS SURF AT BASTENDORF BEACH WAS FUN WAS BOARDING OFFICER ON MV CIGALE DRUG BUST GOOD TIMES MISS IT A LOT.
Guest 03-Feb-2008 01:09
First two photos clearly show exhaust coming from the boat. Seems to me they they came off the one previous to the "big one" and landed square, but it blocked the view of this incoming wave. Believe me, they met it with power, though they only had the period in between waves to get going with a heavy boat. There is no way they would have pitched so high in the air and stayed square had they been dead stick.
Kathy Shindler 28-Jan-2008 19:18
I have watched our local station [Rogue River SARDET] hit swells much like the ones shown here. These boats were designed and built to perform in situations exactly like this.
28-Jan-2008 03:15
Guest, you left no way to reply to your comment. With unusual photos such as this, it's somewhat understandable that some might doubt their authenticity. The photos are 100% authentic, and the incident has been confirmed by the Coast Guard itself. While it's hard to embarrass yourself when you don't leave a name, I'd suggest investigating a bit further before making any such implications...and of course leave your name so we know you stand behind what you say.
Guest 24-Jan-2008 13:01
"I know a guy" said
The boat driver was square to the power of the swell and ended up full throttle into it, well done.

But the photo shows the boat stationary in the water, no turbulance at the back end and no bow wave.

Sadly something does not ring true about this series of images....
Jack Heinlein 17-Jan-2008 04:50
Gosh that was real great. Hanging around too many Jarheads lately with the Patriot Guard Riders..how about Semper Paratus.. Rough day (Shaking head)
Jack Heinlein 17-Jan-2008 04:42
As a former Coastie in the 60's I went out on Ocean Station Patrols Bravo, Charlie and Delta on the Cutters Ingham and the Chincoteague. One was a 311 foot cutter and the other 327 feet. They were close in size to a Destroyer Escort but not made to roll over etc. We saw some pretty rough seas but experienced a 59 degree roll once. I was below deck in the boiler room. The guys topside on the bridge experienced the worst. The only wilder ride than that has been my aviation career since 9/11 and the constantly increasing price of fuel LOL. I have to hand it to the deck hands that when the seas allowed they would tie lifelines around themselves and break the ice off the windward side of the ship with baseball bats and use fire hoses supplying heated sea water so we could get on an even keel. We had to stay on station regardless of the storms. Great photos, thanks for sharing .. Semper Fidelis
Guest 16-Jan-2008 21:50
I believe there are three 52's still in service. My son drives one (INVINCIBLE) at Westport, Washington and there is one at Station Newport, Oregon (VICTORY?) and another but I'm not sure where in the 13th District. Might be at the School.
Guest 11-Jan-2008 03:41
Have a question. Are all 52's still in commision? I loved the Victory years ago. A nice heavy boat. Also the 47201 is for sale from a private party.
Bart French 10-Jan-2008 05:20
Serving in the Coast Guard for four years (67-71) as an Engineman on MLBs was a time of my life I look back on proudly.. A couple of the boats I served on were the 52312 (Victory) that is still in service at Yaquina Bay, Newport Oregon and the 44300 which is now on display at the Maritime Museum in Astoria, OR.. The 44300 was the first Motor Life Boat of her kind to be put into service and acted as our tool to save property and many lives in the high seas off the Oregon coast.. Justifiably she has been honored for her part in these sometimes harrowing deeds of the Coast Guard.. The ole Coast Guard saying "We have to go out but we don't have to come back " still holds true..
I've not had the opportunity to board one of the new 47s but they look to be a beautifully updated version of the earlier 44s..
Keep up the undaunted spirit guys and gals.. "Semper Paratus"
Bart French (EN2)
Laura 06-Jan-2008 03:10
As sailors out of Morro Bay, all I we can say is we're thankful the Coasties are practicing what they do best, search and rescue. Way to go, guys! Thanks for being there.
LIMA-113 02-Jan-2008 16:41
We still get the job done. ex -coastie 1982 - 1988.
Texas Guest 02-Jan-2008 15:59
American Youth . . . . just stand out of their way and let them do what they do best . . awe the world.
CoastieGirl 01-Jan-2008 19:26
Amazing! I myself being a coastie spend numerous hours on a 47' MLB daily,considering my Heavy Weather Search and Rescue station has two of them. All things considered i have yet to experience anything like this and well i hope i don't. To the Crew of this 47' you guys did an amazing job doing what you are trained to do. People are always going to say you could have done something different but they have no idea what its like to be in that position. Keep doing what you are doing! Semper Paratus
Guest 01-Jan-2008 19:04
no thanks I will stay on the ground. And sit this one out.
Cody Brazier 31-Dec-2007 15:06
Brings back memories!! I was the Engineering Chief Petty Officer at Motor Lifeboat Station Golden Gate...had 44 footers, then 47 footers. Did lots of training in the surf...exciting!!!
Jack 30-Dec-2007 18:29
The Real NAVY jack
William Menke 29-Dec-2007 15:55
Awesome. My brother in law tried to captain one of these into a rollover some years ago off Washington, but was unsuccessful. I think given these waves, he might have had more luck. Who needs planes when we have boats like this!
Robin 29-Dec-2007 11:25
As a Mom of a MK3... I am so proud of all the Coasties... They do not get the attention that they should...
guest 27-Dec-2007 18:05
AMAZING rudy 2
MICoastieMom 27-Dec-2007 17:03
I am the proud Coatie mom of an MK2. Thank you so much for spotlighting the brave work that these unsung Guardians of the Seas do! Semper paratus!
Guest 27-Dec-2007 05:20
wooo GO Us Coasties.... We Rock :)
Ernest Hopkins 25-Dec-2007 19:40
I was fortunate to experience many facets of the Coast Guard: weather ship, buoy tender, lifeboat station and air station. Always amazed at how much good the Coast Guard does and how little recognition and funding they receive. Apparently, interdiction of drugs has garnered more importance than the saving of lives and property. One pays for the other?
Proud Coastie from 1960-1967. Semper Paratus.
Ernie Hopkins
23-Dec-2007 01:38
Hi there Gary! This is an amazing series, nice job capturing this very dramatic event.
Brandon 22-Dec-2007 02:35
Just remember the coast guard has the hardest boot camps, harder than the Jar Heads. Now you know why.

These self-up-righting boats are awesome. I want to go for a ride.

Thanks USCG for your service.

BLG
Guest 22-Dec-2007 01:26
Holy Moly, that is serious pucker factor. One can't say enough about the skipper and the skill of the crew. Say nothing about the MLB and how it is built. I am proud to have the USCG on duty.
Capt "D" 21-Dec-2007 06:23
Bet you were glad to be on leave tom!!!
Capt. Tim Griffis 21-Dec-2007 02:10
A 100 Ton Ship's Master since 1970 out of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, I've watched the USCG maintain the waterways and provide water safety and rescue services for many years. November 22, 1975 when the Edmond C. Fitzgerald failed to respond to the Anderson, we went searching along the shore off Whitefish point. Now, my "Great Neice" is a "Coastie" on the Munro, working the West Coast, Dutch Harbor and the Bearing Sea during the crab harvest. They've worked the South Pacific and are now enjoying a well earned break around the "big island". I'm an Air Force veteran, but would take the USCG if I had it to do over. Keep up the good work you make us proud.
BILL MCGANN 21-Dec-2007 01:28
BILL MCGANN
THE COASTIES HAVE ALWAYS TRAINED TO PERFORM IN THE WORST POSSIBLE SEA CONDITIONS BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN "STUFF HAPPENS".
I FIRST HEARD THAT "YOU GOTTA GO OUT, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO COME BACK" FROM BMC BIERNE AT CAPE MAY IN SEPTEMBER OF 1952.
IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY, AND IT WILL NEVER CHANGE. WE HAD THE OLD 36' "MONOMOY" SURF BOAT AT THAT TIME, AND IT PERFORMED
BEYOND EXPECTATIONS OFF BOSTON IN THE WINTER OF 1951-1952. NO
MATTER HOW GOOD THE PLATFORM IS, IT'S THE DRIVER THAT MAKES IT WORK. THAT IS WHY TOM CLANCY CALLED THE COAST GUARD THE
"LAST BEST SCHOOL OF SEAMANSHIP". PRIDE, PROFESSIONALISM, AND
PREPARATION. "SEMPER PARATUS"
Michael Healy 21-Dec-2007 00:29
My Daughter is a Coastie. We Americans can be very proud of these brave young people helping to protect our beloved country. God bless The United States Coast Guard.
Bryce Mirtle, former squid 20-Dec-2007 09:43
The "Puddle Pirates" rarely get the credit they deserve, these photos capture the reality & danger they face doing their jobs!! God bless the "Puddle Pirates" of the United States!!
Guest 20-Dec-2007 00:12
What a testimony of the Coast Guard's 47' MLB! Hopefully the "salts" in the surfman community will rally around MB's crew and command.
Tom Joyce Boatswaine 2ns 19-Dec-2007 22:32
I served in the Coast Guard in and around Alaska and the seas in the Gulf would get so high they looked like mountains. I was proud of my association with that branch of the military and would do it again in a flash given the opportunity.
Semper Paratus is their theme and they live it by doing the rescues they execute.
Guest 18-Dec-2007 19:22
I support the crew of Morro Bay!! Any Surfman worth his salt has been in the same position, accidentally taking a huge series. If any Surfman says different they are lying. All Surfman have been in that position to say, it is getting bigger, and we need to get out of the surf zone. You only come to this realization, after you took the 20’+ break. For as much as we talk about being Surfman, and pride that goes with that title, we sure eat our own!! I think all Surfman past and present have been in the same position at one time or another, we just did not have someone taking great pictures of it.
Guest 18-Dec-2007 18:50
This reminds me of the sequence of shots when George C. Scott tried to exit Morro Bay harbor without a self-righting vessel in the 96' range.. Nice Shots !
Bob Nicholson 18-Dec-2007 16:24
An amazing sequence! Having served in the U.S. Coast Guard, I was never on one of these self-righting boats, but I can tell you that the boats are very durable and designed to completely roll over and fully recover to continue the mission. The crews are caged and strapped in, and it is a rough ride. Even though the crews are fully trained, the size and power of such waves makes this type of service potentially very hazardous.
Jerry Gallagher 18-Dec-2007 13:31
These men & women & truly the finest masters of the sea. Its very comforting that you know they will rescue you no matter what the seas will put in front of them. Brave is not a word that is good enough for these people. God Bless!
Becky 18-Dec-2007 03:34
Working on 5th generation in MB all the while watching our Coast Guard do some amazing things and saving many lives. So grateful that all aboard can tell the tale. Way to go!!!!!
Guest 18-Dec-2007 01:54

CRAZY!!! We should be proud of our boys out there looking out for us! My son is on that boat and very proud of him.
KarenS
Guest 17-Dec-2007 22:15
i need to get me one of them boats. how much they go for so i can go play in the surf
Guest 17-Dec-2007 21:41
I, as well as my family am very proud of my son, David who is in the Coast Guard. May God watch over each and every member as they strive to save lives and protect our coast lines.
Guest 17-Dec-2007 02:03
What an amazing set of pictures. Way to go to the USCG for all there hard work and hard training. Capt. Rob
Guest 16-Dec-2007 05:24
Mr. Robertshaw. Thank you. An amazing series of stills!!! Your equipment, timing and professionalism brought about a sequence unlike any I've ever seen. Did I say Amazing? An understatement.
Feeling safer at night 15-Dec-2007 23:59
shots came out amazing... good catch!! Go coast guard, those guys kick ass. i'd let them save me any day.
Guest 15-Dec-2007 22:43
First off it's the crew then the platform, second prior to judgment, every experienced boat operator knows that unusual series do come check historical facts. I have been in the Oregon area for 11years and on both sides of the bar and have seen a 30' come from 15' series its how wave trains form and re-form. It's getting back on your feet that wiping your eyes and pushing out (what we call training). Good Recovery!
Allen French 15-Dec-2007 22:22
Great pics. Reminded me of the time when I was on the icebreaker Eastwind in March 1961 coming out of the antarctic trying to make our way north in steady 120 knot winds with 80-90 ft seas. Took four days to get clear. Now I know what we looked like. What a crew and what a job. Nice going guys.
COL J 15-Dec-2007 16:16
Thanks for the great pictures and commentary. As a retired Army officer and Coast Guard Auxiliarist I am privileged to work with these brave lads on a frequent basis and the quiet professionalism, competence and dedication to duty they show in all they do is truly inspiring.

In the Army we take training very seriously and training that is not realistic is considered a waste of time and resources. Our guiding principal was always
, "train as you fight". In terms of realistic training, the Coast Guard "gets it", as evidenced by these pictures. Well done, all.

My son departs tomorrow for Coast Guard basic training at Cape May, NJ and he will strike for boatswain's mate. In a few months time hopefully he will be on one of these boats. I envy him. Semper paratus!
Guest 15-Dec-2007 01:52
While those coasties may not have "planned" to roll their boat, I certainly feel better that they CLEARLY know what the heck they're doing in that kind of surf. Any of us who venture forth into the big water feel alot better knowing that we have highly trained professional like these guys ready to help us out when we pull our own stupid manuvers. Very cool pics!
Guest 14-Dec-2007 19:40
Guest We thank God for looking over the crew,our Grandson was on this boat.God bless you--Job well done.
Guest 14-Dec-2007 16:44
BALLS !!!
Chuck USCG "64-68" 13-Dec-2007 16:39
...did anyone get to keep the "fish" ?
Guest 13-Dec-2007 16:29
I've a question for the CG (or ex-CG) folks here. I've been through some pretty good rollers in a pretty small open-bow boat. My technique has always been to point the bow toward the oncoming wave and hit full reverse throttle. This way, by the time the wave reaches the boat, it is traveling at a pretty good speed in reverse and takes the wave much more gently than hitting it head-on at forward speed. The boat just sorta rides up to and over the crest in slo-mo with very little drama. I just wonder how that technique would work on a larger scale. It doesn't look like there would've been enough room between the surf and shore to perform such a maneuver in this sequence of shots.
Guest 13-Dec-2007 12:18
I'm thankful to god that everybody came out of this alive. These photos along with your comments will stay with these boys forever. So please show a little more professional courtesy to them. This goes out to every service member in "the Guard". Appreciate and respect eachother. The jobs and the decisions that are made in difficult times whether on land or sea will never be perfect. Imagine if there were photos for each of your mistakes posted on the internet for the world to see.
Guest 13-Dec-2007 09:20
the last comment was posted by ex ssgt. john hostkins
Guest 13-Dec-2007 09:18
im a ex-army airborne ranger infantry rifleman in the 101st airborne division aka the screaming eagles and this shit is more crazy then jumping out of a airplane during a combat jump. you coasties got balls and i respect that
Capt. Greg Rekart 13-Dec-2007 06:50
Thank you, Danforth. Your comments hit the nail on the head regardless of what else is to come of this. Having been in and out of MB during different seasons it is either the sea or the fog. These pics should wind up in every eatery and store in MB right next to the one's of George C. Scotts yacht which is blanketed in wave and froth from prow to stern.

Many of us been caught thinking we should have known better... but I always got us home. Thank you for what you do.
Oregon1 13-Dec-2007 06:34
So, Mr. McKay. Bet ya the pucker factor was way up there! After I pulled my jaw off the floor only one, other name came to mind. With one raised eyebrow and half a sneer... I'm thinking of Master Chief Tom McAdams. You either loved him or hated him but he always got the job done. The difference is his stunts didn't have a photog keeping evidence! Now, for the comment from the BMC Surfman, take it through channels and quit snivveling. Semper Paratus!
Danforth 13-Dec-2007 06:12
Man, it's always interesting to see the wolves come out when the blood is fresh. Being a Surfman myself I've been in situations I'd rather not re-live and I can't think of any other Surfman that I know who can say they haven't been there too. It doesn't take much to sit back and cut apart someone's misfortune. The fact is these guys got ROCKED and they walked away. For those of you who have been there, we know that these guys are replaying this over and over in there head. This is the arena we work in and sometimes we get knocked on our ass. The question is do you stay down or get back up and go back to work.
I wouldn't worry about the hardtimes to come for the boys at MB, from what it looks like they can take a punch...
Guest 13-Dec-2007 04:41
the size of that wave is un real. god speed to the crew who took it on. and thanks for what they do.im sure they had to change there undies after that one
Guest 13-Dec-2007 01:49
thank you coast guard for what you guys do. you saved my son from dieing off pigeon pt. years ago.
John J. Cameron TTCS (ret) 13-Dec-2007 00:22
That is what the Coasties have trained for for the last100 years. That is what they get paid for "YA' GOT TO GO OUT BUT YA' DON'T HAVE TO COME BACK"--I personally been a crew member is more than one similar situation on the "OLD" 36 footer. Ther was no cabin around you and no harness to hold you in. I was just hang on--The 36's would self rite in about 30 seconds. Thats the longest 30 seconds you'll ever experience--I'm long time retired from the CG but imensely proud of those that have followed us old guys--KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK--TTCS (ret)
On The Virg 13-Dec-2007 00:12
well you train for it, but when it happens its a lil scary for all. good job to the driver for doing his job after the roll and keeping his head!!! I definetly want that guy to come save my ass if my boat breaks down in some heavy surf!!!!!!
Not the Judge 12-Dec-2007 20:36
I've been in the surf for years on these boats and have never seen anything like these shots. A picture is worth a thousand words or so they say... It is easy and normal for the monday morning quarterbacks to question the judgment and risk management of training on a day that *appears* too big for safe training , above the op parameters and against COMDT policy. I think we should all reserve judgment until the crew has the opportunity to explain the situation. I think it is important to note (and be thankful ) that the platform & crew are not damaged or injured(to my knowledge).
CurlyGirly 12-Dec-2007 20:13
Ya, MB Coasties! Kick'n some big ass in my back yard. I am glad everyone is safe...bummed I couldn't have joined in the fun. Hope you don't take too much heat for it...after all I am comforted knowing that you've done this rather than only sat through theory on procedure.
Guest 12-Dec-2007 19:43
ok somebody wrote in here that it's the role over technique and that we set out to do this. that's not true, it's not something that we go out and do on purpose. yes we did go out that day to do training but rolling that boat over is not something were training to do. we go out there in the surf to practice keeping the boat UPRIGHT...
Guest 12-Dec-2007 18:48
Nice work Gary. There were a lot of photographers out there that day, and I think that you are the only one who captured the series.
Guest 12-Dec-2007 17:28
Wow, those guys are lucky they didn't get killed. Does the Coast Guard usually train in stuff that big? Did the engines quit or something? Shoudn't they have been able to drive into it and be alright?
Guest 12-Dec-2007 12:43
As a member of the UK's RNLI (lifeboat service) - respect to everyone on that boat, and well done photographer! www.redcarlifeboat.org.uk
Mike Pettis 12-Dec-2007 03:24
M. Pettis
We still have a 52ft mlb in Newport " Victory". I was sad to see the 44s go away and agree with the former coxswain that it was a better boat for the big surf than the 47s. I personally have been escorted into Yaquina bay over bad bars a few times during my 30 years of crab fishing in Newport. Thank you Station Yaquina Bay.
Guest122 12-Dec-2007 02:57
Those photos are absolutly amazing! Although, if that was me in that boat I would have literaly crapped myself. Thats some scary stuff :]
Guest 12-Dec-2007 01:53
I thank God that they are all doing OK . My son in law was on this boat, lets not do this again OK guys. Awesome photos
Guest 12-Dec-2007 01:24
This is the roll over technique, I've seen this done before. It's amazing they set out to roll the boat... nice design. Wish my boat would do that.
I know a guy 11-Dec-2007 23:39
The estimates of the wave height just before impact was gurthy 22 feet on the low end and 25 feet on the high end. All crew members were wearing the required heavy weather belts that tether them to the boat and dry suits. The boat driver was square to the power of the swell and ended up full throttle into it, well done. They hit, went vertical, squatted onto the stern and rolled to port some unknown number greater than 90 degrees. All crew members immediately assumed their roll upon re-righting. Radio contact shortly after the roll was a very calm voice stating all were well and a round was being made to check all systems. All systems were satisfactory and the boats returned to Station Morro Bay in SAR stand by mode. To put it simply, it's what they do.
Guest 11-Dec-2007 23:32
THATS WHAT IM YALKING ABOUT! YEAAAH BOI!
Guest 11-Dec-2007 23:18
Wow! We have seen this down at Astoria off the Columbia River. Daddy would love to do this someday with the CG!

Mom and Dad
guest 11-Dec-2007 21:18
"Mary Mother of God", and they lived.
Guest 11-Dec-2007 20:58
I will try never again to complain about "Chesapeake Chop"...great pictures..made my stomach jump.
terraplane
Guest 11-Dec-2007 20:05
Folks, anyone have a good guess at the wave height?
thanks.
Ben Molnar 11-Dec-2007 16:57
52 ftr in Neah Bay. Not in this CG. These pictures are amazing. I love the shots you got. I don't think you can put in words the feeling that came across that crew when they saw it coming. I have been in that hot seat before and its a rush once you get through it. Great shots. BM1 Molnar, Yaquina Bay
Guest 11-Dec-2007 00:04
BM-1 BENNETTI have run every small boat the coast guard has .I love th old 52 ft double ended surfe boat it will do 9 knots reguardles of the weather or what you are towing.I ran the last 52 ftr at neah bay washington .they are all history just like me I,m 67 years old .search and rescue work is a real adrenilen rush.That never quite goes away.Good luck to all
Team Senior Moment 10-Dec-2007 20:44
Thanks Coast Guard for being there.
10-Dec-2007 04:24
Gary, that is a spectacular sequence. I live in Astoria, OR, just across the Columbia from the USCG Motor Lifeboat School, where they type-tested the first 47 footer maybe 14-15 years ago. And, what you captured is pretty typical of what they want every potential 47-driver to experience. The 47's are miles ahead of the 44's they replaced. Very tough boats.
Alan Kellogg 09-Dec-2007 07:53
There's a good reason why U S. Coast Guard boats stationed in the area have seat belts. :)

Seriously, you want to talk professionalism, you talk Coast Guard.
08-Dec-2007 22:12
Spectacular sequence! Thanks for sharing. V.
08-Dec-2007 06:14
I'll bet the guys on the boat crew would like to see these photos although the C.O. might have something to say (if he wasn't on board).
Barbara Passwater 06-Dec-2007 20:37
Way to surf! Folks on that boat won't ever forget that day!
06-Dec-2007 19:20
I was wowed by your potw... but this sequence really puts it in perspective! I'm amazed that the boat righted .... wow!
Guest 06-Dec-2007 06:21
Wow! Great catch. Glad to watch, not participate
LouW
06-Dec-2007 00:59
Wow! I had a bad feeling in my gut just going thru the photo sequence ..... can't imagine what it must be like to actually experience it. Good shots.
05-Dec-2007 13:07
Amazing sequence of shots - glad it turned out alright!
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Morro Bay Harbor Mouth vs. George C. Scott's Boat

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Trivia. George C. Scotts Boat MOJO Accident

  • Thread starter Texasmark
  • Start date Sep 17, 2006

Texasmark

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  • Sep 17, 2006

Some time ago someone showed us a pic of what was said to be George and wife exiting the Columbia river in NW USA into the Pacific in the MV MOJO. This huge (normal for that area with what I hear) wave smacked them and pitched the bow up at about a 45 degree angle......this is a 65 ft boat!!!! Someone was right behind them and snapped a pic of the incident. Awesome shot! Wanted to show it to my son today and couldn't find it. Anyone know where it is? Thanks, Mark  

QC

Re: Trivia. George C. Scotts Boat MOJO Accident I've got a copy. I forgot who posted it, but I found the website and downloaded it. I can send you a copy if you post your email addy. I am traveling and may not see this site for a couple of days. I just sent a copy to SBN. Maybe he can send it to you if you post your email addy here. I noted which thread for him to look at . . . Oh, and she was coming out of Monterey . . .  

Reel Poor

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Re: Trivia. George C. Scotts Boat MOJO Accident Here is a couple of links to the pic. http://www.mv-dreamer.com/Mojo.htm http://capehornyacht&shipbrokers.yachtshare.com/  

  • Sep 18, 2006

Re: Trivia. George C. Scotts Boat MOJO Accident Thanks QC, Looks like Reel fixed me up. That's it Reel, thanks a bunch......awesome experience I'm sure for them. :'( Was surfing the other day and ran across some Gulf Coast pics (before and after) Katrina posted on the Sun Herald Newspaper site. You'd think you were looking at a war zone; course battling a storm of that size is a war; just not using bombs and bullets. We spent 4 years of our lives down there in the service and after the storm housed and cared for 3 families (from Biloxi-Gulfport-D'Iberville whom we knew from the experience) for a short while. Amazing what the wave action did to the bridges (causeways), Highway 90, and the Broadwater Beach Marina. Course, I think the Hwy 90 thing was a blessing. That thing was worn out back in '65. They sure did a nice job of fixing it up. The asphalt should be much more driveable and I like not having the curbs. Also, interesting how all the trees (that were left) were bare. Just like a tornado going through; cleans all the leaves off. Later, Mark  

Re: Trivia. George C. Scotts Boat MOJO Accident Cool. That's where I found it too. Couldn't find the site last night . . . Update #2: Morro Bay, not Monterrey . . .  

  • Sep 19, 2006

Re: Trivia. George C. Scotts Boat MOJO Accident FWIW, big waves like that are not uncommon on the west coast. Especially above the Channel Islands. (Catalina, Santa Cruz etc. ). Definitely not converging currents like the Columbia R. Just big old mofos that cross the Pacific. Hit a big one on a Rock Cod party boat (70 footer) exiting Oxnard Harbor once. Nothing like the one that hit the Mojo, but you could hear the whole boat of 50+ people take a deep breath. Up and over, no issues, but still pretty exciting. There are two mega wave surfing meccas, North - Mavericks and South - Cortes Bank. Check out this Photographers setup and shooting from a 246 World Cat (fix the dot): www dot boats.com/boat-articles/Watersports-152/Shooting+at+the+Bank/12871.html  

Re: Trivia. George C. Scotts Boat MOJO Accident Dang!! I'll bet that tipped over a couple martini glasses.  

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QC22

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Such a classic pic,Mojo was in Newport forever as a kid growing up I remember seeing it all the time. Maybe at BBC? That picture was framed and inside Minneys for a long time.  

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DC-88 said: This one was way worse. Whale watching trip from a school just over the hill. All the kids survived luckily. I've been out of this harbor many times / spent a fair amount of time in the water surfing it during bigger swells over the years and it's no joke - View attachment 1004715 View attachment 1004715 Click to expand...
Lavey5150 said: Wow, is this Newport? Click to expand...

Maw

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I've had the Mojo pic hanging on my office walls for the last 25 years. Probably wasted 50 hours over those years explaining the who/what/where to visitors.  

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Maw said: I've had the Mojo pic hanging on my office walls for the last 25 years. Click to expand...

You won't find any hi-res pics out there because the original 35mm was taken from a hotel balcony (as I was told) on the inside of the harbor, then cropped to just show the interesting bits.  

RVR2SNO

I worked on the Mojo in Newport for a decade. That photo hangs above the Captain’s table in the wheel house. Been up and down the California coast running charters out of it - San Diego, Catalina for weeks during the summer. Cool job and still talk to the old owners. Mojo is hour I earned all my sea time hours.  

500bbc

QC22 said: I've had this picture and known the story for a long time. I was booking a charter in Newport for my wife. She has an employee retiring after 30 years, so they're doing a harbor lunch cruise etc. Anyway, while doing the search for a charter I ran across "Mojo" as a possible boat. I double checked and it is her. The story of this picture is that George C Scott had chartered her and was heading to Pebble Beach from Morro Bay to play in a Golf Tournament. They were warned not to go out, and this rogue wave was the result. More of the story in the link, but somebody got this awesome picture. She's 82 feet View attachment 1004605 https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/photos-from-the-vault/article39451320.html Click to expand...

stephenkatsea

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DC-88 said: This one was way worse. Whale watching trip from a school just over the hill. All the kids survived luckily. I've been out of this harbor many times / spent a fair amount of time in the water surfing it during bigger swells over the years and it's no joke View attachment 1004715 View attachment 1004715 Click to expand...
RVR2SNO said: I worked on the Mojo in Newport for a decade. That photo hangs above the Captain’s table in the wheel house. Been up and down the California coast running charters out of it - San Diego, Catalina for weeks during the summer. Cool job and still talk to the old owners. Mojo is hour I earned all my sea time hours. Click to expand...
stephenkatsea said: Did you know Norm Catton? Click to expand...

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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: 47 ft. Coast Guard Rescue Boat Training at Morrow Bay, CA
Supposedly this boat was training at Morrow Bay, CA on 12-04-07. Wow is that some water, and those guys are up on the flying bridge.... tied in no doubt. There's a few websites with the whole series of pics, but the best ones I found were here, click on each thumbnail for a much higher quality image. C.W.

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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:23 pm    Post subject:
Amazing photos--even realizing that these were taken thru a telephoto lense, it gives a great deal of respect to these "life savers".

Here is a link to MoJo--a boat chartered to George C Scott, which did the same type of run into a 20 foot plus sea at Morro Bay, Jan 28 1978, but with far different consiquences:


The 85 foot Ditmar and Donaldson wooden boat was rebuilt, later survived a fire, was lengthened 10 feet, and is still in regular use out of Newport Beach CA.

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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:45 pm    Post subject:
CW-

I've ridden in the port side flying bridge seat on one of the 47's out of Golden Gate Station in San Francisco.

While we weren't in as heavy of weather as the boat pictured, we did plane across and power through the tops of the waves and swells on the infamous Potato Patch Shoal.

This was before 9/11, and therefore before the severe restrictions on civilians on board CG craft. A buddy of mine was the coxswain on one of their two 47's at the station.

If you want to see how to build a really tough vessel, look at one of them. All heavy plate aluminum with sealed hatches that look like they're designed for underwater travel, which they are.

The flying bridge has a traditional wheel, though it's fly by wire, and the lower helm looks like a dentist's chair with a joy stick for steering. Great electronics. And you're right about the seat harness and straps. We wore Mustang work/survival suits and helmets.

Later that night, the vessel went out to practice finding a man overboard, picking him up, then transferring him in the dark in a basket up to a helo unit. However, I didn't volunteer to be the 'Dummy" overboard! Do enough of that "dummy" stuff right here, and more than a fewl of the C-Brats would verify my basket case status.

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Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:21 am    Post subject: 47' MLB
Nice looking those 47' Motor Life Boats. Canadian Coast Guard just acquired over a dozen for SAR around the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River. Submersible ?...pretty well. They are self-righting; should they capsize, they're designed to flip over on their own, and be on their merry way.

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Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:58 am    Post subject:
Friends of my parents fished and salvaged at MB -- owned a HUGE shell/rock shop down on the water. My dad had partnered with him on a fishing boat out of Newport OR for a while then decided teaching was his true calling and moved back to Portland OR.

The salvage operation recovered remains of WWI 4 stack destroyers that sank as a group between the wars. Lots of brass (and cordite for making cool fires) and huge jade boulders.

Water side memories are the best ones!

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Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject:
That picture of George Scott's boat is spectacular, and I've seen it for years. This is the first time I saw the small boat just at the lower port side. Let's hope that it's telephoto compression and it made it out of there OK.

Judy saw that pic just before we left Morro Bay on a 25' sailboat, and nearly went home. When we left it was flat calm and we motored out.

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Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:04 am    Post subject:
I don't think so, but that there definately is a CG Bartender awaiting the efforts! Awesome vessel those bartenders
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Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject:
There is a huge amount of telephoto "compression" in the photos. I don't know if that is a CG vessel, but I suspect that it is. If it is, I don't think it is a Caulkin's Bar Tender--but it looks like one...

There is a slight dog leg in the jetties, and the point where the break occcurs is outside of the jetties. The waves tend to come from the North West/West, most of the time. The course out of the Bay is about 185 degrees, and there is some shelter from Pt Buchon to the South--although any high winds/waves can cause a serious break at Morro Bay entrance.

We have been across all of the West Coast bars, except Depo Bay. (didn't have mast clearance)--and we always check with the CG about conditions before comming in or leaving--and attempt to enter or leave at high slack tide. We did take one breaking sea over the boat at Coos Bay--and immediately the CG closed the bar--much to the shagrin of a sportfisher who was standing off the sea bouy and who had hoped to refuel there.

I suspect that there are C Brats who live near Morro Bay and have a lot more experience with that entrance than we do--but it is certainly to be treated with the utmost of respect! Morro Bay is a delightful harbor and we always enjoy the hospitality of their Yacht Club.
Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:23 pm    Post subject:
As fascinating as Patton's boat was several decades ago.... I beg to conjecture that this is much more extreme.... check out the vertical position of the whole frickin' boat. C.W.

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:44 am    Post subject:
CW-

Yup, that would be a real E-Ticket ride, all right!

Imagine holding your breath and waiting for the time it takes the boat to right itself while you're strapped in upside down in 50 some degree or so water!

I looked it up, and the boat should right itself within 10 seconds or so.

Joe.
Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject:
Entirely different circumstances--the CG boat is on a training run (probably)--is built for this, and came up running after a roll, and continued under its own power. Also the CG boat is 47 feet, MOJO was 85 feet. She was totally disabled and eventually salvaged and rebuilt--a tribute to a very well built wooden boat. Vs the purpose built motor life boat, designed and built to do exactly what the photo's showed. I suspect that both waves were near the same size somewhere between 15 and 20 feet.

Not to detract from the Coast Guard photos in any way. But MOJO was foolishness, Coast Guard is business.
Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:53 pm    Post subject:
All I know is that I hope both of those boats have lots of storage for clothes, because if I survived the ordeal I'd need to change my underwear and pants quickly.


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Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:10 am    Post subject:
Hi Folks,

I was on a 47' on Buzzards Bay one winter. Great boats. The only boats the Coast Guard will have left at the small boat stations will be the 47' and the hard inflatable, from 22' to 27'.

The Canadian Coast Guard have also purchased a bunch of 47' but I think they could have problems with Ice Build up.

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Here's why Morro Bay Harbor Patrol is demolishing several boats

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Sophia is your community news reporter covering the North Coast of San Luis Obispo County, including Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria and San Simeon.

The Morro Bay Harbor Patrol pulled several boats from the water on Wednesday and demolished them next to Tidelands Park.

Community members looked on as around five boats were demolished Wednesday morning. The old boats were pulled ashore by Harbor Patrol and crushed to pieces by an excavator.

“It’s something that has to be maintained and they can’t let them sit in the water. Once they become unseaworthy, they have to take them,” said Steven Groves, Morro Bay resident.

Nearby sailors who keep their boats in the harbor say it may be sad to see the old boats go but given their conditions, they’re glad to see them out of the water.

“I never like to see a boat demolished because I always think that could have been mine, but it’s an interesting thing to see. You have ferrocement, a wood boat and then you have a fiberglass boat all going down today in a good cause,” said Skip Johnson, sailor.

The boat demolition typically happens every year in Morro Bay if the Harbor Patrol is able to secure grant funding from the state’s Division of Boating and Waterways. This year, they secured around $30,000 in grants to make it happen.

“All of these boats were a part of a vessel turn-in program and they are boats where the owners were no longer able to care for them, they’re a threat to pollute in the bay and so before the winter storms really set in, that’s why we’re doing it now,” said Becka Kelly, Harbor Patrol Supervisor.

The boat demolition is expected to continue through Thursday with three additional boats set to be broken down into pieces.

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