Saying Goodbye to the Bramble

Saying goodbye to the Bramble

In December of 2009 the Port Huron museum made the decision to sell the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble. The Bramble has made Port Huron its home since 1975 and been an integral part of the Port Huron Museum since it was decommissioned in 2003.  Due to costs and no prospective buyers for the $300,000 vessel, the museum has sadly  announced it will be forced to close the Bramble on August 14.  The Bramble will be missed by young and old alike, as it has lead an active service in the safety, protection, and navigation of our home waterways for many years.  The highlights of its illustrious career began in 1944 when it was commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard at a cost of $925,464. After the  war, the Bramble took part in testing of the effects of atomic bomb’s on surface vessels.  The next big adventure for the Bramble came in 1957 when it partnered with two other cutters to navigate the Northwest Passage, a feet that had taken over 400 years to accomplish. In 1962 the Bramble moved to Detroit to begin its tour in search and rescue, law enforcement, and ice breaking throughout the Great Lakes navigational chain.  It has led an honorable life of service to this area and is dear to the hearts of many.  Goodbye dear Bramble, we hope you find another honorable home somewhere among the Great Lakes you have served so well.