Cleveland | Coast Guard welcomes 'Morro Bay'

5:48 PM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- If you look towards Cleveland's Lakefront, you'll soon be seeing something new.

The Coast Guard has deployed a cutter from the East Coast and Cleveland is its home port. WKYC Photojournalist Carl "Big Daddy" Bachtel was at Wednesday's welcoming ceremony for the "Morro Bay."

Clear skies and fair winds welcomed a new resident to the Coast Guard Station in Cleveland -- the cutter Morro Bay.

It is great to have this additional asset and one of the reasons is Cleveland, as we've got the infrastructure here and the operational need, so it was the perfect place to bring this ship.

The 140-footer's main function is as an icebreaker and she'll be keeping shipping channels open during hard Great Lakes winters.

But her versatility earned her a nickname -- Jack of All Trades.

Lt. Commander Ben Keffer, a Dover, Ohio native, guided the ship and crew on the East Coast, from the New York Harbor, New Jersey, even fisheries in Maine. The area was pretty broad.

Now the ship and crew are beginning a new life on the North Coast.

And what do they think? They think it's great to have more Coast Guard men and women in the Great Lakes and here in Cleveland because "...as we well know, Cleveland is a great place and it rocks."

WKYC-TV

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