Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

Spit memorial to honor Sedge and othe '180s'

Though the Sedge will leave Homer after being decommissioned in November, it and other buoy tenders in the 180-foot Balsam class will be remembered in a memorial to be built on the Homer Spit.

The centerpieces of the memorial likely will be one of the Sedge's 7-foot-high bronze propellers, the boom it used to lift buoys out of the water, and one of the navigational buoys itself, said Lt. Cmdr. Charles Cashin, captain of the Sedge.

The memorial site is not yet determined, but Mayor Jack Cushing has asked the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to work on the idea.

The Coast Guard built 30 of the 180-foot buoy tenders, many of which served in Alaska. Sixteen of them are being replaced by the new 225-foot Juniper-class vessels.

The Sedge has been in Homer since 1974. It is scheduled to be decommissioned in a ceremony Nov. 15 and then leave a day or two later for San Pedro, Calif. and final disposition. The Nigerian navy has expressed interest in the vessel for training purposes, but the future of the Sedge is not yet certain, Cashin said.