USCGC Margaret Norvell (WPC-1105)

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USCGC Margaret Norvell, delivered to the USCG on March 21, 2013, and commissioned June 1, 2013.
United States
Name: USCGC Margaret Norvell
Namesake: Margaret Norvell
Operator: United States Coast Guard
Builder: Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana
Launched: January 13, 2013
Acquired: March 21, 2013[1]
Commissioned: June 1, 2013[2]
Homeport: Miami, Florida
Motto: True steady unfailing
Status: in active service
Badge: USCGC Margaret Norvell (WPC 1105) CoA.jpg
General characteristics
Class and type: Sentinel-class cutter
Displacement: 353 long tons (359 t)
Length: 46.8 m (154 ft)
Beam: 8.11 m (26.6 ft)
Depth: 2.9 m (9.5 ft)
  • 2 × 4,300 kW (5,800 shp)
  • 1 × 75 kW (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Endurance: 5 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 × Short Range Prosecutor RHIB
Complement: 2 officers, 20 crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
L-3 C4ISR suite

USCGC Margaret Norvell (WPC-1105) is the fifth Sentinel-class cutter , based at Miami, Florida after commissioning.[3][4] She was launched on January 13, 2012, and delivered to the Coast Guard on March 21, 2013.[1][5][6][7] She was commissioned on June 1, 2013.[2][8][9] She was commissioned at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, near where her namesake staffed her lighthouse for decades.

The Key News reported that Margaret Norvell was in Key West on April 2, 2013, finishing her outfitting.[10]


The Sentinel-class cutters were designed to replace the shorter 110-foot (34 m) Island-class patrol boats.[11] Margaret Norvell is armed with a remote-control 25 mm Bushmaster autocannon and four crew-served M2HB .50-caliber machine guns. It has a bow thruster for maneuvering in crowded anchorages and channels. It also has small underwater fins for coping with the rolling and pitching caused by large waves. It is equipped with a stern launching ramp, like the Marine Protector class and the eight failed expanded Island-class cutters. It has a complement of twenty-two crew members. Like the Marine Protector class and the cancelled extended Island-class cutters, the Sentinel-class cutters deploy the Short Range Prosecutor rigid-hulled inflatable (SRP or RHIB) in rescues and interceptions.[12] According to Marine Log, modifications to the Coast Guard vessels from the Stan 4708 design include an increase in speed from 23 to 28 knots (43 to 52 km/h; 26 to 32 mph), fixed-pitch rather than variable-pitch propellers, stern launch capability, and watertight bulkheads.[13]

Margaret Norvell has an overall length of 153 feet 6 inches (46.79 m), a beam of 25 feet (7.6 m), and a displacement of 325 long tons (330 t; 364 short tons). Its draft is 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m) and it has a maximum speed of over 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph). The Sentinel-class cutters have an endurance of five days and a range of 2,950 nautical miles (3,390 mi; 5,460 km).[11]

Operational history[edit]

In October 2013, while her crew were undergoing training in Key West, Margaret Norvell intercepted two individuals who were using jet-skis, out in the Gulf Stream, whose craft was equipped with GPS navigation devices, extra water and extra fuel.[14] The operators were stopped after a 45-minute chase, and were charged with "failure to heave to." The men were first seen heading south, and it was believed they were headed towards Cuba.

On December 6, 2015, the barge Columbia Elizabeth was proceeding to Puerto Rico with a cargo of shipping containers, when crew members noticed some were missing.[15] She was diverted to the Port of Palm Beach where it was determined 25 shipping containers were missing. Margaret Norvell, and other elements of the Coast Guard, were assigned to look for the missing containers.[16]


The vessel is named after Margaret Norvell, who served as a lighthouse keeper for the United States Lighthouse Service, from 1891 to 1932.[17][18][19][20]


  1. ^ a b "Acquisition Update: Fifth Fast Response Cutter Delivered to the Coast Guard" (Press release). United States Coast Guard. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Commissioning ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell". Coast Guard News. 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Fast Response Cutter: 154-foot Sentinel class". Coast Guard Outlook. 2012. p. 172. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. 
  4. ^ Rhonda Carpenter (2012-11-05). "Coast Guard Commissions Third Fast Response Cutter, William Flores". Defense Media Network. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. The first six FRCs for District 7 will be homeported in Miami; the next six in Key West; and the remaining six in Puerto Rico. 
  5. ^ "Current U.S. and Canadian Shipbuilding Contracts". Marine Log. 2012-12-28. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Bollinger Delivers the CGC Margaret Norvell the Fifth Fast Response Cutter to the USCG". Maritime Executive. 2013-03-26. Archived from the original on 2013-03-27. The Coast Guard took delivery March 21, 2013 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in New Orleans, Louisiana in June, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bollinger delivers fifth fast response cutter to the US Coast Guard". The Republic. 2013-03-26. Archived from the original on 2013-03-27. Monday's announcement by Chris Bollinger, executive vice president of new construction, says the Margaret Norvell was delivered last week to the 7th Coast Guard District in Key West, Florida, and will be stationed at USCG Sector Miami. It will be commissioned in New Orleans in June. 
  8. ^ "Bollinger Deliver Fifth Fast Response Cutter". Marine Link. 2013-03-25. Archived from the original on 2013-03-27. The 154 foot patrol craft 'Margaret Norvell' is the fifth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. 
  9. ^ "Commissioning ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell". Coast Guard News. 2013-05-30. Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  10. ^ Adam Linhardt (2013-04-03). "Newest, fastest cutters on the way: All 58 ships will pass through Key West, Coast Guard says". Key West: Key News. Archived from the original on 2013-04-24. The Miami-bound Margaret Norvell is in Key West right now being outfitted, Hagwood said. 
  11. ^ a b "Fast Response Cutter" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Short Range Prosecutor (SRP)". Integrated Deepwater System Program. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  13. ^ "Bollinger awarded potential $1.5 billion FRC contract". Marine Log. 2009-09-26. Archived from the original on 2009-10-11. 
  14. ^ Adam Linhardt (2013-10-14). "Men on jet skis charged: Both stopped after 45 minute chase". Key News. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. They were stopped by the new fast-response cutter Margaret Norvell that is typically based in Miami, but has been in Key West training as the new ships continue to come online throughout the Coast Guard fleet in South Florida as well as nationwide. 
  15. ^ "Coast Guard Responds To Overboard Cargo Containers". CBS News. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  16. ^ "COAST GUARD RESPONDING TO CARGO CONTAINER INCIDENT". United States Coast Guard News. 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  17. ^ Connie Braesch (2010-11-01). "Coast Guard Heroes: Margaret Norvell". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-01-03. As a member of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, she first served at the Head of Passes Light as an assistant keeper from 1891 to 1896. Her leadership did not go unnoticed and after Head of Passes she was appointed keeper of both the Port Pontchartrain Light from 1896 to 1924 and the West End Light where she served from 1924 to 1932. 
  18. ^ Stephanie Young (2010-10-27). "Coast Guard Heroes". United States Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  19. ^ Marilyn Turk (2011-09-30). "It's my job". Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Thus Margaret Norvell became a lighthouse keeper in 1891. In 1896, she was reassigned to be the keeper of the Port Pontchartrain Light Station on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana at the treacherous mouth of the Mississippi River. And for the next 36 years, she handled the job of keeper and was credited with rescuing many shipwrecked sailors. 
  20. ^ Mary Louise Clifford, J. Candace Clifford (2001). Women who kept the lights: an illustrated history of female lighthouse keepers. Cypress Communications. ISBN 9780963641250. Retrieved 2013-01-03.