Group Wants 'Perfect Storm' CG Boat Restored

A group is hoping to restore the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa, the last of the one-time Navy ships to serve in the Iwo Jima invasion and which later became famous for a 1991 rescue mission depicted in the book and film "The Perfect Storm."

A Virginia group is trying to raise $500,000 to restore the famed rescue ship depicted in "The Perfect Storm."

Harry Jaeger, head of the Zuni Maritime Foundation, said he wants to restore the ship, which carried out a daring 1991 rescue that was later depicted in the 2000 film "The Perfect Storm," and turn it into a museum dedicated to the 69-year-old vessel's history, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

The ship, which was known as the Zuni under the U.S. Navy and was later dubbed the Tamaroa by the Coast Guard, is the only one of the 800 ships in the Iwo Jima invasion to survive to the present day.

According to the Coast Guard's history of the Tamaroa, the Zuni was later transferred to the Atlantic Fleet. The ship earned four battle stars for service during World War II.

After being decommissioned in 1946 the ship was transferred to the Coast Guard and renamed Tamaroa.

One of the cutter's most famous missions took place in 1991 during the so called "No Name Storm of Halloween," according to the Coast Guard. The storm became better known as "The Perfect Storm," after the title of author Sebastian Junger's book, later made into a movie.

The boat experienced a major leak in May that flooded its engines and partially collapsed a forward bulkhead while docked in a marine yard near Norfolk, Va., Jaeger said.

The foundation is trying to raise $500,000 toward the ship's restoration, but Tim Mullane, owner of American Marine Group, which is currently harboring the vessel, said fixing the boat might cost twice the goal amount.

Military.com contributed to this report.

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