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USCGC Mesquite (WLB-305) sits in the ice off Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior in March of 1990. At 2 a.m. on the morning of Monday, December 4, 1989, the 180-foot Coast Guard buoy tender Mesquite ran aground in 12 feet of the dark, icy waters of Lake Superior off Keweenaw Point in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  With a crew of 53 aboard, the cutter was in the process of removing aids to navigation from the lake prior to winter freeze.<br />
The Mesquite suffered severe damage which caused extensive flooding of the engine room.  A list to the port side developed, and by 6:20 a.m. Lt. Cmdr. J.R. Lynch, the commanding officer, had ordered abandon ship. Severe weather following the accident left the ship in a poor condition. By mid-December the Coast Guard had determined that the cutter could not be saved.  The vessel was considered a 'constructive total loss'. <br />
It was towed the following July to Keystone Bay, a couple of miles to the west and sunk in 105 ft of water as a dive attraction.
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USCGC Mesquite (WLB-305) sits in the ice off Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior in March of 1990.
USCGC Mesquite (WLB-305) sits in the ice off Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior in March of 1990. At 2 a.m. on the morning of Monday, December 4, 1989, the 180-foot Coast Guard buoy tender Mesquite ran aground in 12 feet of the dark, icy waters of Lake Superior off Keweenaw Point in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. With a crew of 53 aboard, the cutter was in the process of removing aids to navigation from the lake prior to winter freeze.
The Mesquite suffered severe damage which caused...
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Date: 10 Mar 1990
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Credit: Tom Buchkoe
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