Ref: CG 83527
I relieved Ltjg Frank Ryman
on the boat about 1952. I think that that was the first 83
to be under an OinC in the 13th District. At the time there
were 83's in Astoria. Pt. Angeles, Pt Townsend and
Bellingham also. The Astoria and Pt. Angeles (boats) were
later moved to Pt. Townsend to serve as harbor entrance
patrol. The 527 had to relieve on occasion.
list of the 11 man crew;
Ltjg Frank Ryman
Pat Wendland BM1
Wallace Ford BM1
Myron Hillman (now living Pt. Townsend)
Alban K. Chinn SN
Burkenbine EN I (deceased)
Of course not all of the
above were aboard at the same time.
Some of the
event's that come to mind.
We patrolled several Gold
Cup hydroplane races on Lake Washington while the
Slo-mo-shun's were in power. .
Provided water to the
Vashon fire dept. when a waterfront home was ablaze. We had
a P-500 pump loaned and later given by USN Tacoma. Sent a 4
inch hose ashore with a wye gate which the fire dept. hooked
on two 2112 inch lines. Extinguished a railroad trestle fire
at Steilacoom waterway.
Rescued two suicide jumpers,
one from Tacoma narrows bridge (later died) and the other
from 11th street bridge over City waterway. No medals
We were required to visit Strait of Juan de
Fuca to exercise the 20mm cannon and the ahead thrown ASW
weapon on a quarterly basis.
Gave safety equipment
inspection to between 500 to 750 boats a year and numerous
The Tacoma Yacht club asked the District to
have us moor there during the marine Daffodil time. As you
probably know, the dry exhaust pipes backfire make a cannon
sound quiet while starting. The yacht club is sided by a
hill and the smelter slag pile. The startled (it was 0600)
visitors came out in all stages of dress and undress.
Needless to say we were never asked to return.
radios never seemed to work properly in the Tacoma area so
the Tacoma police loaned a police unit which was installed
in the sonar room.
Cooperation with the FBI consisted
of a night search for McNeil (spelling?) Island escapees
with negative results and stopping a freighter to put aboard
2 agents to apprehend a stowaway,
Am sending a photo
taken at the Ballard locks with the Relief Lightship and CG
Base building in the background, Note the ready ammunition
boxes for the ASW hedgehogs, The 20mm ammo boxes are not
visible. Depth charge racks were installed on each side and
2 on each quarter. No depth charges carried.
Somewhere in my junk I have 10" x 12" CG photos of 527 and 2
other 83 's. When located will send them on.
memory is OK, on the full power trials we made 12 kts. At
1200 rpm and used 100 gals. of gas per hour.
later assigned as OinC of the Pt. Bennett and the Pt.
Countess and they were much more luxurious than the open
steering of the 527.
Walter J. Annas BMCM USCG (ret)
31 McAlmond St.
Sequim. Wa. 98382