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The Tamaroa on the way to help the crew of the sailboat Satori. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard, 1991
No ship has cut a path through history quite like the Zuni/Tamaroa. Soon after the Navy commissioned the 205-foot salvage tug the Zuni on October 9, 1943, the vessel traveled all over the Pacific Theatre rescuing other ships during World War II. The Navy transferred the boat to the Coast Guard on June 29, 1946. They renamed her the Tamaroa and let her loose to arrest illegal fishing vessels, intercept migrants, and perform rescue operations, including helping to save the lives of a sailboat crew and helicopter crew mentioned in the book The Perfect Storm.
Now, she needs a little help. Ten years after first forming a non-profit to restore the ship, Zuni Maritime Foundation head of operations Harry Jaeger and executive director spokesman Tom Robinson are looking to raise more money to turn the vessel into a floating museum. The funds would help repair damages from a major leak that occurred this past May and help restore the ship to its original Naval colors and conditions. The interior would be turned into a museum showcasing the vessel's Coast Guard service. It's not the first time the group has reached out to try and secure funding, but the pair say they are running out of time.
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