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Re: Late Coast Guard Issue?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 15 February 2009, at 9:34 a.m., in response to Late Coast Guard Issue?, posted by Robert on Sunday, 15 February 2009, at 8:55 a.m.
The SRS database contains a large number of serials (a few fairly close to yours) with the citation "donation to the US Navy 1943", and there ARE stories of USCG beach watchers - probably in less than critical areas - carrying TDs on patrol, during the early days of WW2.
Your number does not show up, and of course, THAT far removed from date of manufacture, continuity of serial numbers - never exact anyhow - would be completely meaningless.
The guy with the hook and rope would have had what is known as a "line-throwing gun" used to get ropes from one ship to another. A light line was attached to a brass rod which was fired across the deck of the receiving vessel. Once the line was retrieved, the heavy cable could be attached and pulled over. A cut-down TD was oftern used, before the H&R sets were available. .45-70 "line-throwing blanks" were procured under contract from Winchester, at least as late as 1943.
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