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Coast Guard cutter named to National Register

Jan. 15, 2013 - 09:08AM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 15, 2013 - 09:08AM  |  
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JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard cutter Storis has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

State Historic Preservation Officer Judy Bittner said that for decades, the Storis was involved in icebreaking, search and rescue, law enforcement, and relief services in the North Pacific, Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

The vessel was commissioned in 1942. According to the state Department of Natural Resources, the Storis guarded waters around Greenland and served as an escort for protection against German U-boats during World War II.

The vessel transferred to Juneau in 1948, and it later became the first American ship to circumnavigate North America.

It spent 49 years based in Kodiak before being decommissioned in 2007 and put into floating storage in California.

A Juneau-based nonprofit hopes to bring the ship back to Alaska.

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