CLEVELAND, Ohio – The United States Coast Guard Cutter Buckthorn, a Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.-based 100-foot inland buoy tender, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard here recently for extended inspection, maintenance, and repairs including steel repairs, cleaning, and painting. The buoy tender was hauled out on Tuesday, Aug. 28, using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift.
The Buckthorn was commissioned on Aug. 18, 1963, and is the Great Lakes’ oldest USCG cutter. It is the first USCG cutter on the Great Lakes to be drydocked using a Marine Travelift, according to a press release.