Step aboard and experience life as it once was, on a
180’ U.S. Coast Card Cutter. Filmed aboard the U.S.C.G. Sundew during
ice breaking, buoy tending and lighthouse maintenance. 55 minutes.
Don Hermanson was invited aboard the
Sundew to film an "Aids to Navigation" mission along Lake Superior's
North Shore from Duluth to Isle Royale National Park. He was able to
experience the buoy-tending operation, visit the remote lighthouses on
Isle Royale, and join the crew as they did their service work. He
stayed on the Sundew, lived with the crew, and got a close look at
day-to-day operations before computers and satellite navigation. From
the bridge to the engine room, he filmed what life was like aboard a
180' USCG buoy tender during an actual mission. Also included are a
winter ice-breaking operation and a history of Sundew on the Great
Lakes. Running time is approximately 55 minutes.