Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart
The U.S. Coast Guard will hold public tours Sunday aboard the agency’s newest fast response cutter, the John F. McCormick, at the 17th Street Dock in Astoria.
The 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter is named after McCormick, who served as the officer in charge for the motor lifeboat Triumph, stationed in Hammond. McCormick was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for rescuing fellow crew member Robert O. Bracken, who fell overboard while attempting to assist the tug Tyee on the Columbia River on March 26, 1938.
The cutter is on its way to homeport in Ketchikan, Alaska. It is the same type of fast response cutter the Coast Guard is looking at homeporting two of in either Astoria or Newport.