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Motor Lifeboat CG-36538 Restoration

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The Motor Lifeboat CG-36538 was constructed in 1952 and remained in service until 1972. This TRS type boat was the last wood-hulled coastal lifeboat developed by the United States Coast Guard and the first to use laminated wood. The CG-36538 served at the Atlantic Beach Station in New York and then at the Ocean City Station in New Jersey. During its tenure through 1966 at the Great Harbor Inlet Station, the lifeboat was used primarily for winter rescues as well as winter assistance calls.

The boat, which was found tucked in the corner of a Navy warehouse in Yorktown, VA and was one of only a handful still in existence, has seen better days since it left a shipyard in Curtis Bay, MD [Baltimore] in 1952. Thus, the very purpose of the CMMM’s restoration efforts!

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