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USCGC Bluebell (WLI-313)
USCGC Bluebell - 2015 Rose Festival Portland, OR
Career (U.S.) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Name: USCGC Bluebell (WLI-313)
Commissioned: 4 April 1945
Homeport: Portland, Oregon
Motto: Rising to the Challenge Since 1945
Status: In service
Badge: Bluebell-70th-Graphic
General characteristics
Class & type: Inland buoy tender
Length: 100 ft (30 m)
Crew: 15 Active Duty, 5 Reserve

USCGC Bluebell (WLI-313) is a United States Coast Guard inland buoy tender based out of Portland, Oregon.


Bluebell was commissioned on April 4, 1945.[1] From 1945 to 1973 Bluebell was stationed in Vancouver, Washington.[2] Bluebell was moved to Swan Island in Portland, Oregon, in 1973, where it has remained since. Bluebell is classified as an inland buoy tender and is one of two 100-foot inland buoy tenders in service. The other, commissioned Aug. 13, 1963, is the Coast Guard Cutter Buckthorn homeported in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.[citation needed]

Bluebell is the second oldest cutter in the Coast Guard fleet, and the oldest west of the Mississippi River. The ship is home to a crew of 15 lead by a chief warrant officer, with a chief petty officer as the second in command.[3]


As a buoy tender, the crew's primary mission is to ensure the safety of mariners by establishing and maintaining essential navigation aids along established waterways. The crew is responsible for maintaining more than 420 aids to navigation(ATONs) along 500 miles across the $3, Willamette and $3 Rivers. Altogether, Bluebell’s crew is responsible for 23 percent of the ATONs in the Pacific Northwest.[citation needed]


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