National Geographic : 1955 Dec
The weather patrols might have been dropped then and there. But one October afternoon in 1947 a heavily loaded flying boat, the Bermuda Sky Queen, labored into the air with 69 persons aboard, bound west from Ireland to Newfoundland. Over the sea in the early morning hours the bulky flying boat was all but stopped in her tracks by violent head winds. The plane droned on into the storm, each long mile over the ocean costing more and more in gaso line. Freight Plane Picks Up Queen's Distress Message Before dawn, Capt. Charles Martin asked his navigator to get one last position fix. He got an other painstaking reading on what was left of his 20-hour fuel supply. Then he knew. They were not going to reach Newfound land. And they didn't have enough fuel to re turn to Ireland. Captain Martin decided to come down at sea beside the Coast Guard Cutter George M. Bibb, patrol ling station Coca (then Charlie), 840 miles off the Newfoundland coast. Because of radio trou ble, Bermuda Sky Queen couldn't contact either the Bibb or Newfoundland. 839 1. S. (oast Guard, Official The Coast Guard Says "Well Done!" to a Shipmate Officers and men of the cut ter Rockaway watch as the skipper reads retirement orders to Chief Warrant Officer Gor don L. Hill (saluting), who leaves the service after 30 years. Ceremonies were held at the cutter's base on Staten Island, New York.