A new breath of life: Cutter Maple moves to homeport in Atlantic Beach, NC

SITKA, Alaska (Feb. 2, 2004)– A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crew conducts vertical replenishment training with the crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Maple in Southeast Alaska’s Western Channel. USCG photo by Ensign Lisa Aguirre.

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple has arrived at its new homeport at Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The Maple is a 225-foot Juniper-class buoy tender, and is the replacement for the Cutter Elm, which will be relocated to Astoria, Ore.

The Maple originates from Sitka, Alaska where it has been stationed since October 2001. The Maple has been navigating through ice, restoring aids to navigation in Southeast Alaska, and conducting scientific research, such as deploying sonographic buoys for recording acoustic resonances of marine mammals in the Northwest region for 17 years in the Bering Sea.


The Maple has just completed a mid-life renovation at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, while the Elm is still in the process of renovation before being relocated to Astoria. A mid-life renovation is a maintenance process stretching 6 to 9 months that incorporates repairing service-life issues and installing updated equipment. After renovation, the Maple is predicted to be in service for an additional 20 years.

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple follows the crew of Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Terry Fox through the icy waters of Franklin Strait, in Nunavut Canada, August 11, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.


Prior to going into the mid-life renovation, the Maple navigated through the Northwest Passage, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the first ever voyage through the passage in 1957, where the Coast Guard Cutters Spar, Bramble, Storis, and a Canadian icebreaker Hmcs Labrador charted the unknown waterways and created shipping lanes for future transportation.

The Maple will be working in the much warmer climates of the Mid-Atlantic Coast stretching from Shark River, N.J. to the North/South Carolina Border. The crews will be responsible for more than 200 aids to Navigation and conducting hurricane responses. The Maple and its crew arrived home from the mid-life renovation on Monday, November 12th. Welcome home to the new Tender of the Capes!

Credit: Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple

Read the story of the Maple’s voyage through the Northwest Passage here: