“The Intrepid” heads for new home up the coast”
The Coast Guard rescue crafts Intrepid, Victory and Yaquina head for points north to be semi-retired on November 17th near Tillamook and undergo some upgrades. These fast moving rescue craft have been workhorse powerhouses for almost 65 years. Equipment failures at sea and difficulty locating replacement parts for strategic components triggered overhaul work orders and re-location to the Tillamook Coast.
The Victory is self-righting and self-bailing along with a range of 700 miles – able to tow 750 tons and hold 40 “survivors” and take them back to base. The Victory left Yaquina Bay for the last time at 2am November 17th by being towed behind a 47-foot motor lifeboat. It was followed by her sister ship Intrepid which had arrived from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay and was towed behind another 47-footer motor lifeboat. The four boat armada literally leap-frogged from station to station until they arrived at their final destination, Cape Disappointment, site of the National Motor Lifeboat School.
Another sister ship, the Triumph II, was already stationed at Cape Disappointment when the Invinciple II arrived from Grays Harbor, Washington under its own power. All four will eventually be hauled out for maintenance and preservation.