The photos and accompanying captions shown here come from the book Into A Raging Sea,
which includes more than 50 photos and illustrations.

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The CG36500 at Rock Harbor, Orleans, photographed by Marcia Bromley, 2015.

The Gold Medal crew relaxed at the station with coffee and doughnuts after a wild night at sea. Left to right: Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernard Webber, Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald, Seaman Richard Livesey, and Seaman Irving Maske. (Photo by Richard C. Kelsey, Chatham, Massachusetts. www.capecodphotos.com)

The Gold Medal crew relaxed at the station with coffee and doughnuts after a wild night at sea. Left to right: Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernard Webber, Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald, Seaman Richard Livesey, and Seaman Irving Maske. (Photo by Richard C. Kelsey, Chatham, Massachusetts. www.capecodphotos.com)

The bow of the Pendleton, Day 2.  
(Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard, Washington, DC)

An artist's rendition of rescuers setting out on the 36500.

Chatham lifeboat station, 1960.

Bernie Webber, hero of the book and movie, The Finest Hours.

Bernie Webber, June 22, 1982 at Rock Harbor, Orleans, MA on the 36500. This was just before it was launched after restoration.

First Class Boatswain’s Mate Mahlon Chase standing aboard CG36500 at Chatham Fish Pier, 1952. (Photo from the Author’s collection.)

Three Massachusetts coastguardsmen, recipients of the Treasury Department Gold Lifesaving Medal for their participation in the recent SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton rescue operations, are congratulated by Senator Leverett Saltonstall of Dover, Massachusetts. Left to right are: Senator Saltonstall; Andrew J. Fitzgerald, Jr., engineman third class, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts; Richard P. Livesey, seaman, of Wilmington, Massachusetts; and Bernard C. Webber, boatswain’s mate first class, of Milton, Massachusetts. (US Coast Guard official photo.)

In May, the boat was again placed on the trailer and brought out of the warehouse, ready to float. The CG36500 was launched at Rock Harbor in Orleans in June 1982.

Company “I” at the US Coast Guard training station (boot camp) at Curtis Bay, Maryland, where new coastguardsmen received their basic training prior to assignment to a cutter or station. Bernie Webber is in the last row on the right.

Seaman Irving Maske (foreground) and Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernard Webber in the coxswain’s flat aboard the CG36500 following the dramatic rescue of the thirty-two men off the stern of the Pendleton on 18 February 1952. (Photo by Richard C. Kelsey, Chatham, Massachusetts. www.capecodphotos.com)

Warrant Officer Webber, DaNang, Vietnam, 1965. (Saving lives no longer a prime importance.) (Photo from the Author’s collection.)

A lonely Coast Guard “hero” sits alone in a Boston hotel room, dressed up, awaiting his next public relations assignment, 1952. (US Coast Guard official photo.)

There were several hundred spectators at the ceremony who broke into applause when Webber climbed aboard. Webber said, “What makes me happy is to see the community spirit.”

A number of the photos from Into A Raging Sea were provided by Richard C. Kelsey, Chatham, Massachusetts, Cape Cod Photos/Spencer Kennard, www.capecodphotos.com.


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