The U.S. Lighthouse Service completed her
preliminary design with the final design completed by the Marine
Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation of Duluth, MN. Being built by
Zenith Dredge Company of Duluth, MN, the BRAMBLES keel was laid
on August 2, 1943. The total cost for her construction was
$925,464. She was launched on October 23, 1943 and put into
service on April 22, 1944.
were a total of (39) 180 foot seagoing buoy tenders built from
1942 to 1944. The IRONWOOD was the only one not built in Duluth,
MN. being constructed in Curtis Bay, MD at the Coast Guard yard.
1945 she departed for her new homeport of San Pedro, CA for
performing duties of aids to navigation. She was later transferred
to Juneau, AK for work around the Aleutian Islands that same year.
Here she also performed aids to navigation duties along with
supply duties. Her home port was changed to San Francisco, CA
after World War II. In 1949 her home port was transferred, this
time to San Juan, PR. In 1953 she was again transferred with her
new home port in Miami, FL. This is where her Northwest Passage
"Voyages" on top tool bar for more information)
Just entering the St. Clair River near Port
Huron, she just finished pulling up buoys from Lake Huron.
This was one cold day in early January of 1999.