Skip to main content

Honoring their own at sea

The Coast Guard honored the crews of the 52-motor lifeboat Triumph and the 38-foot fishing vessel Mermaid during a memorial service last Saturday at Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash.

Five Coast Guard members and the two-man crew of the Mermaid were lost when severe weather sank both vessels on Jan. 12, 1961.

"This means alot to alot of us who were stationed here," said Gordon Huggins of Castle Rock, Wash.

Huggins was aboard the Triumph the night of the tragedy and was the only survivor. 

"A lot of good men have gone across the bar and never come back," Huggins added. "We want to recognize those who gave it their all."

Click here for information on the lifeboat and its history.

Click here for the full release with photos of the ceremony.