This book was later reissued in a "young adult" edition and adapted into a 2016 feature film, The Finest Hours by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, depicting the Pendleton rescue with Chris Pine portraying Webber. [5], On September 26, 2008, Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana, was awarded US$88 million to build the prototype first vessel in its class. In Bernie Webber’s day, the coxswain of a surfboat would stand out in the open behind a makeshift windshield, eliminating the need for a pilothouse that could diminish the seaworthiness of the vessel and requiring a degree of mental and physical toughness not needed on today’s surf rescue boats. Soft wraps. She commenced her sea trials on November 27, 2011. All four Coast Guardsmen were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for their heroic actions. )", U.S. Coast Guard History Program, U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, Thomas Webber, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1643 [3]Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 172p. Into a Raging Sea is the autobiography of Bernie Webber, hero of the book and movie, The Finest Hours. "Bernie Webber's courage continued far, far after the rescue," author Frump said. ... Our two leading men are Coast Guard coxswain Bernie Webber (Chris … [1], Webber and his crew of three – Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald, Seaman Richard Livesey, and Seaman Ervin Maske – saved 32 of the 33 crewmen who were on the stern section of SS Pendleton when the ship broke in two. The boat is on view at Rock Harbor in Orleans, Cape Cod, MA every summer. [6] The Sentinel-class design is from the Netherlands-based Damen Group, and is based on that company's Damen Stan 4708 patrol vessel. On Cape Publications. Miriam steadfastly supported her husband, Bernard "Bernie" Webber, who had a distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard and was a recipient of the Gold Lifesaving Medal. [9] He was a petty officer assigned to Station Chatham, Massachusetts, where one of his duties was that of coxswain of Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36500. 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Webber crew offloads $17M in seized cocaine in Miami", "U.S. Coast Guard rescues 10 people from a sinking boat off Freeport", List of cutters of the United States Coast Guard, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=USCGC_Bernard_C._Webber_(WPC-1101)&oldid=963580472, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi), This page was last edited on 20 June 2020, at 16:21. In almost impossible conditions, Webber and his crew crossed Chatham bar, located the ship and rescued 32 of the Pendleton survivors in a boat designed for 12, including the crew. Bernie Webber, the late US Coast Guardsman, is credited for piloting the boat that is responsible for the "greatest small boat rescue" in the history of his service. [10] Webber and his crew of three rescued the crew of the stricken T2 tanker SS Pendleton, which had broken in half during a storm on February 18, 1952 off Cape Cod. Webber maneuvered the 36-foot lifeboat under Pendleton's stern as the tanker's crew, trapped in … Bernard C. Webber, and the next five vessels in the class, Richard Etheridge, William Flores, Robert Yered, Margaret Norvell, and Paul Clark, are all based in Miami, Florida. On July 26, 2014, residents of Sandwich, Mass., boarded the restored CG-36500 at the Sandwich Marina Seafest. Webber served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, then joined the Coast Guard in 1946. Bernie Webber was the least likely candidate to execute the greatest small-boat rescue in American history.Yet that is what he did, nearly 71 years ago to the date, in a very small boat, facing very large waves and larger odds. [8], "Bernard C. Webber, USCG, 1928-2009", Coast Guard Heroes, U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office, Webster, W. Russell; "A Tribute: Bernie Webber, CWO (Ret. On May 4, 2016, Bollinger Shipyards announced that the U.S. Coast Guard awarded it a new contract for building the final 26 Sentinel-class fast-response cutters. The Pendleton Disaster Off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History There was no doubt in the minds of Coxswain Bernie Webber, Richard Livesey, Ervin Maske and Andy Fitzgerald that they were about to undertake a death mission on February 18, 1952. [6] She was commissioned on 14 April 2012 at her home port of Miami, Florida. "He was a man who was loyal first and foremost to his duty and his small boat colleagues and he passed up many opportunities to capitalize on his fame, choosing instead to honor that duty and the small boat service." Into a Raging Sea : My Life and the Pendleton Rescue. 2016. Bernard C. Webber was launched in April 2011. "What Bernie said he was going to do was just head for shore, that we probably won't get back into the harbor, 'So I'm just gonna beach the boat and everybody will jump off,'" Fitzgerald recalled. USCGC Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101) is the first of the United States Coast Guard's 58 Sentinel-class cutters. The remaining members of the ship's full crew were in the bow section and died when it broke off and sank. 1602. They crew climbed into a dory and rowed to where the CG36500, a thirty-six-foot motor lifeboat, was moored. Bernard C. Webber, who steered his small boat into the impassable waves of Chatham Bar on an impossible mission to rescue the crew of a stricken tanker off Cape Code, died Saturday at age 80 in Melbourne, Florida. Webber maneuvered the 36-foot lifeboat under Pendleton's stern as the tanker's crew, trapped in the stern section, abandoned the wreck of their ship on a Jacob's ladder into the Coast Guard motor lifeboat. Webber died on January 24, 2009. On April 10, 2016, Bernard C. Webber rescued ten individuals from a vessel that capsized off Freetown, Bahamas. Strapping himself to the wheel of a 36-foot motorized lifeboat, wind and snow whipping his face, Bernie Webber steered through Chatham Harbor's rough … On July 24, 2014, it was announced that the, U.S. Coast Guard had exercised a $225 million option at Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana for construction through 2017 of an additional six Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRC), bringing the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 30. [4][2] His earliest American ancestor was the English immigrant Thomas Webber, who came to Massachusetts in 1643 as part of the Puritan migration to New England; through this line Bernard was the 10th generation of his family to be born in Massachusetts. [7] Despite the incredible conditions, Webber piloted the boat back to … He rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (Boatswain specialty) during a 20-year military career that included a tour during the Vietnam War as a part of Operation Market Time.[1]. Just to reach the crippled tanker, Webber and his men had to cross the Chatham bar in horrific conditions. [7] Bernard Challen Webber (May 9, 1928 – January 24, 2009) was a United States Coast Guardsman. Like the other ships of her class Bernard C. Webber is named after a heroic enlisted member of the Coast Guard. Like most of her sister ships, she replaced a 110-foot (34 m) Island-class patrol boat. USCGC Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101) is the first of the United States Coast Guard 's 58 Sentinel-class cutters. When I first told U.S. Coast Guard hero Bernie Webber that I believed my book, “The Finest Hours,” could be turned into a movie some day, he recommended that Don Knotts play him on … The WEBBER is named after BM1 Bernie Webber, assigned to CG Chatham Life Boat Station and coxswain of CG-36500, a 36-foot wooden motor life boat. It tells the true story of one of the most sensational and chilling sea rescues that Cape Cod and the world have ever known. [1] The rescue operation has been noted as one of the most successful in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.[3]. The first-in-class Sentinel-class cutter, USCGC Bernard C. Webber was named in his honor. Bernard Challen Webber (May 9, 1928 – January 24, 2009) was a United States Coast Guardsman. [8] Acquiring the 58 cutters is expected to cost the federal government $3.8 billion — an average of about $65 million per cutter. The Coast Guard coxswain, Bernie Webber, received orders to launch, and the crew rowed from the town’s fish pier to their lifeboat after a wet, tiring day … Jack Downey Remembers Bernie Webber - … A. Bernard Webber and Annie Knight Webber. A history of the rescue of the men of Pendleton and Mercer, including Bernard Webber's heroic role in the rescue of the men from the stern of Pendleton, was presented in the 2009 book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue, by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Bernie Webber and Ervin Maske on the deck of the CG36500 following the harrowing rescue. Image sourced from The Pendleton Disaster off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History. ~ One of the Coast Guard's legendary heroes, Senior Chief Petty Officer Bernard C. Webber (USCG Ret) died at his home in Melbourne, Florida Saturday, January 24, 2009.He is survived by his widow, Miriam (Pentinen) Webber, a daughter, Patricia Hamilton and her husband Bruce, two granddaughters, Leah and Hilary Hamilton … Webber was born in Milton, Massachusetts, the son of Anne (Knight) and Reverend A. Bernard Webber. With a crew of only four (including himself), Bernard "Bernie" Webber was dispatched from Chatham, Massachusetts to rescue the survivors of the sinking 503-foot SS Pendleton oil tanker, which had broken in half in the early morning hours of February 18, 1952 during a powerful winter storm. Gouthro's best friend, Bernie Webber, battled to get to the other half of the ship, the stern, several nights before in conditions few could survive. [4][16] Bernard C. Webber was coxswain of the 36-foot (11 m) wooden Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36500 that ventured out in 60-foot (18 m) seas to rescue men from the stricken T2 tanker SS Pendleton that had broken in two during a Winter storm off Chatham, Massachusetts on February 18, 1952. Webber and his crew of three rescued the crew of the stricken T2 tanker SS Pendleton, which had broken in half during a storm on February 18, 1952 off Cape Cod. At age 16, he joined the Merchant Marine. Volunteers from the Cape Cod towns of Chatham, Orleans and Harwich restored the boat and relaunched it in a public ceremony attended by Bernard Webber and his wife. 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The first vessel Bollinger built became Bernard C. Webber, which is the first of 58 planned Sentinel-class cutters to be put into the U.S. Coast Guard fleet to replace their old 110 ft patrol boats (and their unseaworthy 123 ft cutters), starting with the first six based in Miami, then six in Key West, then six in Puerto Rico.[7]. [5] He was married to Miriam Penttinen. To learn more about this beloved vessel and the Orleans Historical Society you can click here: CG36500 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (, Lagan, Christopher, "First Sentinel Class cutter named for CG hero Webber", Coast Guard Compass, Official CG Blog, Lamothe, Dan; "The real-life story behind Disney's forthcoming Coast Guard rescue movie, 'The Finest Hours'", Washington Post, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, "First Sentinel Class cutter named for CG hero Webber", "The real-life story behind Disney's forthcoming Coast Guard rescue movie, 'The Finest Hours, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bernard_C._Webber&oldid=995593779, United States Coast Guard personnel of the Vietnam War, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown, Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the United States Coast Guard, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 December 2020, at 22:19. The Orleans Historical Society and Museum preserves and maintains the actual boat that Bernie Webber and his crew used for this historic rescue. Bernie Webber, the coxswain aboard Coast Guard Rescue 36500 boat that rescued 32 people off the Pendleton tanker in 1952, died Saturday in Florida. Into A Raging Sea features the riveting, firsthand account of what is widely regarded as the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, told by BM1 Bernie Webber. He is the hero of the book and movie, The Finest Hours , and is played in the movie by actor Chris Pine. [1][2] He was a petty officer assigned to Station Chatham, Massachusetts, where one of his duties was that of coxswain of Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36500. Like most of her sister ships, she replaced a 110-foot (34 m) Island-class patrol boat. She was commissioned on April 14, 2012, at the Port of Miami, Miami, Florida. That brings to 58 the total number of FRCs that the USCG ordered from Bollinger. Historic CG36500 boat used in Pendleton ... 1:33. Bernard C. Webber (USCG Ret) 1928-2009. [11], In November 2015 the cutter cooperated with the Netherlands offshore patrol vessel HNLMS Friesland in the interception of a large quantity of illicit drugs, off the coast of the Dominican Republic.[12][13][14]. Bernie Webber was the least likely candidate to execute the greatest small-boat rescue in American history.Yet that is what he did, nearly 71 years ago to the date, in a very small boat, facing very large waves and larger odds. [15] The ten individuals were adrift for about six hours, but none of them were injured. The US Coast Guard Chatham Lifeboat Station dispatched BM1 Bernie Webber with a crew of three in a wooden 36-foot-long motorized lifeboat to search for the Pendleton. Since they were assessed to be migrants, trying to make their way to United States, they were transferred to the custody of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. A real American Hero! When Bernie Webber set out as coxswain on a small boat to rescue 33 seamen in 60-foot seas, he didn’t do it for glory or honor. The crew was rescued by four Coast Guardsmen in the CG36500, a 36′ wooden motor lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Bernie Webber. [4] Webber, Bernie. On Feb. 18, 1952, a four-man crew skippered by a Milton minister’s son named Bernie Webber was summoned to brave blinding snow and waves the … [17] The rescue of the survivors of the shipwrecked Pendleton is considered one of the most daring rescues of the United States Coast Guard.[18]. And he got it. Webber, the son of a Massachusetts minister, was praying for a miracle. The story of the Pendleton rescue has been made into a motion picture titled The Finest Hours. A small boat of local Coast Guard men are trying to rescue the survivors of a sinking freighter. Bernie was, in fact, tormented by the failed 1950 rescue attempt of a scalloper called the William J. Landry. For a week in August 2015 Bernard C. Webber was tasked to host some VIPs, and demonstrate to them the ability of the Coast Guard to protect the United States' borders. Bernie Webber, the coxswain aboard Coast Guard Rescue 36500 boat that rescued 32 people off the Pendleton tanker in 1952, died Saturday in Florida. She arrived in her homeport of Miami, Florida, on February 6, 2012. He had been among the crew of four who tried to get out to the men during a … Rescuing 32 sailors from a sinking ship caught in a ferocious winter storm is a dramatic tale, but what made this mission so special is that the boat Bernie skippered that terrible night was a mere 36 feet in length and the waves were almost twice that size! At the time of the Pendleton rescue Webber was serving as a boatswain's mate first class at Station Chatham. Chief Petty Officer Bernard C. Webber was born in Milton, MA in 1928, the son of Rev. It was just his job. None of them were injured to 58 bernie webber boat total number of FRCs that the USCG from. 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