Originally built for the US Coast Guard, Bramble is an award winning vessel, which offers the opportunity to own a piece of history. This seaworthy ship is highly voluminous and stands out for her explorer capabilities, including an 8,000 nm range. Bramble makes for an excellent opportunity to purchase and convert into one of world’s finest luxury explorer yachts.
An award winning Luxury Yacht for Sale!
The retired USCGC Bramble (WAGL/WLB392) is one of 39 180-foot Seagoing Buoy Tenders designed and built in the early 1940’s for the U.S. Coast Guard, is one of the 39 original 180-foot (55m) seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942-1944 for the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Cutter Bramble was commissioned in 1944 at a cost of just over $925,000. Following World War II, the Bramble participated in “Operation Crossroads,” the first test of an atomic bomb’s effect on surface ships, at Bikini Island.
In 1957, along with the cutters Spar and Storis, it headed for the Northwest Passage, traveling through the Bering Straits and Arctic Ocean. Traveling for 64 days through 4,500 miles of partially uncharted waters, the vessels finally reached the Atlantic Ocean. These three surface vessels were the first to circumnavigate the North American Continent, an ambition mariners have had for more than 400 years. In 1962, the Bramble transferred to Detroit to perform the missions of search and rescue, icebreaking, and law enforcement throughout the Great Lakes, in addition to aids to navigation. In 1975, the Bramble reported to Port Huron. The cutter’s areas of responsibility included eastern Lake Erie, southern Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay, and maintaining 187 buoys, one NOAA weather buoy, and three fog signals. During winter months, its capabilities as an icebreaker enabled it to escort ships through ice and assist ships in distress. The Bramble was decommissioned in 2003 to be used as a museum.
Awards: Throughout Bramble’s service it was awarded many awards and ribbons. She received the Department of Transportation Gold Medal, CG Unit Commendation, CG Meritorious Unit Commendation, CG “E” Ribbon, CG Bicentennial Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Arctic Service Medal and the Special Operations Service Ribbon.
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Randy started boating at a very young age growing up boating on the Great Lakes. He decided that his passion for boating should be his career. For over 40 years he has done just that. He has owned a full service marina for years and has sold hundreds of boats new and used throughout the years. He has been involved with many new builds both in the United States and overseas. Randy also has made numerous boat trips to and from the Great Lakes, South Florida, and the Bahamas. Together with IYC Yacht Sales Consultant David Bourbeau, Randy is managing IYC’s Great Lakes office.