Every so often we get ships in for fueling. Sometimes Navy, NOAA, and sometimes Coast Guard. I've been hearing about their arrival for days and didn't really think about it much but there are a lot of people here that get excited to see new faces on island and really look forward to these events.
The ship visiting the weekend is the Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS.
The Cutter is named after Captain David H. Jarvis of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. Captain Jarvis served aboard cutters HAMILTON, RUSH, and BEAR. He devoted the majority of his career to pioneering and developing maritime activities in the Bering Sra off if Alaska's northwest coast. While assigned to the BEAR, he led the famous three man expedition to save 300 whalers stranded off Barrow Point, Alaska. Trapped by ice, the harsh environment, and a dwindling food supply, the whalers had little chance of surviving. Through the relentless artic winter, Captain Jarvis' expedition drove a herd of reindeer across 1,500 miles of Artic ice and snow to rescue the starving whalers. For his heroism, he was awarded a special Congressional Gold Medal.
Click here for more information on the ship and it's crew.