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Day: September 20, 2012

Moonlight Maid

Moonlight Maid


The 33 meter long fishing vessel Moonlight Maid sank near Resurrection Bay, Alaska.  The Moonlight Maid began to sink in bad weather with high winds and 13 foot seas.  The vessel contacted the Coast Guard that the crew of four on board were abandoning ship.  The crew had donned their survival suits and went into the lift raft.   A Coast Guard helicopter arrived on scene and safely hoisted the crew aboard.  No reports of injuries.   The Moonlight Maid had some 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking.   The Coast Guard plans to monitor the area for possible signs of pollution and debris.


The SC 536 while on the Great Lakes. Photo: History of Great Lakes Collection

The Moonlight Maid was originally a sub chaser name the SC 536.   The vessel was built by Peterson Boat Works, Sturgeon Bay Wisc., commissioned 4/23/1942 as PC 536, later reclassified as SC 536. It served in the South Pacific, doing patrols in Saipan,  Tinian and Guam. After the war, the vessel was sold and used in the fishing industry.

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