Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Former cutter known for 'Perfect Storm' rescue to be sunk

Also only surviving ship from Battle of Iwo Jima

Aug. 1, 2013 - 11:58AM   |  
The Tamaroa is seen during trials.
The Tamaroa is seen during trials. (Courtesy Peter Gelsomino / The Zuni Maritime Found)
  • Filed Under

NEW CASTLE, N.H. — A historic ship that once called New Hampshire home appears destined to be sunk.

The USS Zuni is the only ship remaining from the Battle of Iwo Jima. But its most famous work was depicted in the book and movie “The Perfect Storm.” Then known as the Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa, and based in New Castle, the ship rescued three people from a sinking sailboat and a crew of National Guardsmen after their helicopter crashed in the 1991 storm.

A nonprofit group has spent years restoring the ship with the goal of turning it into a maritime museum but hasn’t been able to raise enough money for repairs after the ship sprang several leaks in recent years. Tom Robinson, executive director of the Zuni Maritime Foundation in Richmond, Va., said after the group donates historical items to museums, the ship likely will be sunk off the coast of Delaware or New Jersey to become an artificial reef.

“It’s a sad state of affairs,” he told The Portsmouth Herald. “It broke our hearts. ... It hurt us desperately and all the people who worked so hard on it.”

The ship was decommissioned by the Navy in 1946 and was re-commissioned as the Tamaroa. It was assigned to New Castle in 1985 and was used for search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement patrol.

American Marine Group expects to take ownership of the ship and sink it. Company co-owner Tim Mullane said that’s better than the alternative of turning it into scrap metal because the ship will become habitat for oysters and mussels and will be accessible to divers.

“When you make them into a reef, it becomes a living memorial, where they know where the ship is and they know what’s happened to it,” he said.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Air Force Times

This Week's Air Force Times

Top 5 bases
Recreation, low-cost housing make these stations stand out

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook