USCGC Hollyhock (WLB-214)

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USCGC Hollyhock (WLB-214)
USCGC Hollyhock in Toronto -c.jpg
USCGC Hollyhock (WLB-214) sailing through Canadian waters in August 2012.
United States
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin, U.S.
Launched: 25 January 2003
Homeport: Port Huron, Michigan, U.S.
Motto: Patronus A Penitus Mare (Latin for "Sentinel of The Inland Seas")
Status: Active
Badge: USCGC Hollyhock (WLB-214) COA.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Juniper
Displacement: 2,000 long tons (2,000 t) at design draft (full load)
Length: 225 ft (69 m)
Beam: 46 ft (14 m)
Draft: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 3,100 shp (2,300 kW) Caterpillar diesel engines
Speed: 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph) at full load displacement (80% rated power)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 50 (8 officers, 42 enlisted)

USCGC Hollyhock (WLB-214) is a 225-foot (69 m) Juniper-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard.

A seagoing buoy tender, Hollyhock was built by Marinette Marine Corporation and launched on January 25, 2003. Hollyhock is currently assigned to Port Huron, Michigan as its home port. USCGC Hollyhock replaced the previous cutter stationed in Port Huron, the USCGC Bramble, which retired after 60 years of service. Hollyhock was named after a previous cutter of the same name that served the USCG from 1937 to 1982.[1]

Hollyhock is designed as a multi-mission vessel, with its missions being aids to navigation, icebreaking, search and rescue, law enforcement, and marine environmental protection. Today, the Juniper tenders conduct almost as much law enforcement as aid to navigation work.


USCGC Hollyhock on the Detroit River in 2003

Collision with the Mesabi Miner[edit]

The 1000 ft (305 m) Mesabi Miner at the Soo Locks in 2011

On the morning of January 5, 2014 Hollyhock was breaking ice for the lake freighter Mesabi Miner approximately 22 nautical miles west of the Straits of Mackinac. She slowed after encountering harder ice and was struck in the stern by the much larger ore carrier. Both vessels sustained damage but there were no injuries, release of pollutants, or reports of flooding.[2]

As of January 11, 2014 temporary repairs had been made to Hollyhock and her ice breaking duties resumed.[3]


  1. ^ "Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock Removing Buoys, River Dredging Suspended". Bay City Times. Bay City, Michigan. December 13, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Times Herald (2014-01-06). "Hollyhock hull, stern, fantail damaged". Port Huron Times Herald. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  3. ^ Times Herald (2014-01-11). "Hollyhock returns to ice breaking duty". Port Huron Times Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 

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