About Station Shark River

Station Shark River History

U.S. Coast Guard Station Shark River
125 Washington Ave, Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ 07717

(732) 775-5029
40°11'18"N   74°0'48"W

History of Coast Guard Station Shark River  

Station Shark River
Avon BY The Sea, NJ (June 3) -- Coast Guard Station Shark River, N.J. USCG photo by THOMAS, BLAIR PA2
U.S. Coast Guard Station Shark River, which covers a 25-mile stretch along the shore in Monmouth County, is 7 miles north of the Station Manasquan, and 18 miles south of the Station Sandy Hook. 

The Shark River station was first built in 1871, rebuilt in 1872 and relocated in 1885 to a site "near the mouth of Shark River." Moreover, the station was CXXX) in 1892 according to the Annual Report. The Work Relief and Public Works Appropriation Act of 1938 provided funds for "combination station dwelling, boathouse, launch-way and flag tower," boats and equipment, and bulk-heading, dredging and fill.

Early keepers were William A. Harvey Can "experienced surfman" appointed at the age of 47 on November 22, 1872, he served until his death on May 3, 1875), Job Edwards (an "experienced surfman," he was appointed at the age of 49 on May 20, 1875, and served until his resignation effective February, 1878-the payroll records indicate that he worked until March 5, 1878), Joseph Newman (a surfman "with 34 years’ experience" appointed at the age of 49 on February 18, 1878, he served until August 27, 1879), John Kittel (August 27, 1879, until being discharged November 15, 1883), John C. Patterson (November 15, 1883, until he resigned January 13, 1886), John Redmond (January 19, 1886, until his resignation on March 31, 1889), John H. Pearce (July 9, 1889, until his resignation on December 7, 1905), David L. Yarnell (November 24, 1905, until he retired due to "having reached 64 years of age or more" on March 24, 1915), Charles W. Chasey (acting, never appointed-station responded improperly to an incident in which a life was lost in a motor boat accident and, as result, "acting keeper was disrated"), David B. Bowen (reassigned December 22, 1915 from Toms River station and served until December, 1916, when he was reassigned to the Office of the District Superintendent of the Fifth District), and Lambert H. Parker (reassigned December 15, 1916, from Bayhead station, he served until his retirement on July 25, 1918).

Next came Lewis E. Mitchell (reassigned from Barnegat station on August 13,1918, and reassigned to Island Beach station on May 1, 1920), Joel P. Hulse (reassigned from the Island Beach station on May 1, 1920, he served until his retirement on November 30, 1922), and Frederick C. Bailey (reassigned from the Toms River station on July 10, 1925, he served here until his reassignment to Loveladies Island station on December 3, 1931). The last known keeper before the outbreak of World War II was Chief Petty Officer M. M. Hymer, who was reassigned from the Spring Lake station in 1932.

In July 1967, the original station, over 118 years old, was replaced with a new brick station. While the old station was located on the ocean, the new station is located on the Shark River, 300 yards inside the mouth of Shark River Inlet. On 1 March 1988 the station was closed due to budgetary concerns but it was reopened only a little more than half a year later. 8 May 1989 marked the reestablishment of a fully manned station at Shark River.


July 1986: OPSAIL 86. BMC Shelton assisted Group Sandy Hook in any capacity assigned. Acted as sector coordinator for emergency SAR after fireworks. During parade of tall ships, was boat coxswain of RHI.

December 1986: Whale stranding, Deal Beach. A 65—foot whale stranded on the beach. Station personnel assisted in Security for two days while arrangements were made for removal.

January 1987: Possible stolen boat, Back Bay Shark River - Report of 2 minors having stolen a boat. When police arrived on scene, the minors jumped from the boat into the water thinking they could swim in. Due to cold weather, Station RHI recovered the 2 minors and turned them over to the Neptune Police Department.

January 1987: T/B Harbor Star with 70-foot Crane Barge which was taking on water, Offshore Long Branch Shark River DC party boarded barge with gear and kept it afloat. Brought into Shark River Inlet, successfully patched and de—watered the barge.

May 1987: Diving accident, Offshore Shark River - M/V Venture. Brought up a diver. Diver deceased. Rescue Crew-member utilized CPR procedure until evacuation by Coast guard helicopter.

June 1987; Diving Accident, Offshore Shark River — Martini—class diving boat. Recovered diver, Diver deceased. Rescue Crew— member utilized CPR procedure but with unsuccessful results.

June l987; LONG BRANCH PIER FIRE Large amusement pier caught on fire. Units from Shark River (first on scene) with Station 0—in— C aboard, directed the waterborne fire-fighting efforts as OSC. USCGC CAPE HORN, 2 - 41’ UTB’s from Station Sandy Hook, 2-units from Manasquan Inlet and the US Navy Tug Bugaloosa from Naval Weapons Station Earle responded. This was a major fire—fighting effort involving many fire departments.

July 1987: Car in water, Shark River Inlet. Two persons on board. Vehicle stuck in gear backed off the road and into the water. Two people got out of the car and were recovered by the Station RHI.

Severe storm of 27-29 July 87. The P/V Moonraker and Five Seas lost. Unit spent 3 days searching for survivors.

October 1987: Whale Stranding, Avon beach — Station RHI arrived on scene. Whale still alive, caught on rock jetty, boat crew members were able to get 13 ft whale clear of jetty and alongside RHI. RHI crew maneuvered the whale near the beach where crew members and police and members from the Mammal Stranding Center were standing by. A veterinarian was able to determine that whale was indeed dying. All attempts to revive where fruitless. Subsequent autopsy revealed that whale had ingested a plastic bag.

October 1987: Fishing boats adrift in Manasquan Inlet, Five fishing vessels from the fleet in Manasquan broke loose from their moorings. Manasquan station was unable to control all the vessels, which were all nested together. Shark River units got underway on their own to assist. 4 CG vessels were able to maneuver all vessels safely out the inlet. Once clear of the jetties, the masters or owners where transported to their respective vessels where they were able to get underway on their own and return to their moorings. Without the efforts of the stations involved, substantia1 damage to or loss of the fishing fleet would have resulted.

November 1987: Wharfside Restaurant fire in Manasquan Inlet. Restaurant behind Station Manasquan Inlet caught fire. Units from Manasquan and Shark River fought fire from the water behind the restaurant. These units were the first to respond and were partially responsible for preventing the fire from spreading to the residential section of town and for saving other businesses near the Restaurant.

Station History File, CG Historian’s Office
Dennis L. Noble & Michael S. Raynes. “Register of the Stations and Keepers of the U.S. Life-Saving Service.” Unpublished manuscript, compiled circa 1977, CG Historian’s Office collection.
Ralph Shanks, Wick York & Lisa Woo Shanks. The U.S. Life-Saving Service: Heroes, Rescues and Architecture of the Early Coast Guard. Petaluma, CA: CostaƱo Books, 1996.
U.S. Treasury Department: Coast Guard. Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers and Cadets and Ships and Stations of the United States Coast Guard, July 1, 1941. Washington, DC: USGPO, 1941.


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Assets of Station Manesquan Inlet/Shark River

Coast Guard Motor Life Boat 47'

47' Motorlifeboat

The 47-foot MLB is the replacement vessel of the Coast Guard's aging 44-foot MLB. Is is primarily designed as a fast response rescue rescue in high seas, surf, and heavy weather environments. With safety in mind, 13 water-tight compartments were constructed. Similar to the 44-foot MLB, the 47-foot MLB can self-right in only 30 seconds. With state of the art electronically controlled engines, fuel management systems and integrated electronics suite, including 4 coxswain control stations, the 47-foot MLB has become the ideal platform for operations in extreme at seas weather conditions. With construction completed, 117 47-foot MLBs are in service throughout the Coast Guard Rescue Station community, serving the public.

Naval architects at the USCG Engineering and Logistics Command in Baltimore, Maryland designed it as the Coast Guard's next generation of heavy weather multi mission craft, and together with Textron Systems (the MLB manufacturer) over 100 MLB's have been built, with more to be constructed. The MLB is well suited to adverse weather and sea conditions and provides a safe environment for a crew to complete a mission effectively.

The MLB carries a mix of equipment to carry out its many missions. For towing other vessels, it has 900 feet of 2 3/4 inch and 600 feet of 2 inch towline for towing astern and side lines for alongside tows. Vessels that are taking on water can be pumped out with a portable diesel operated pump that is carried on board.

The MLB includes 4 control stations (two on the open bridge and two in the climate controlled enclosed bridge). Also included are amidships retrieval ports for easy personnel recoveries, boardings and rescues, and bridge windows designed for low glare and protection from wave action, as well as all stainless steel fittings for corrosion resistance

Physical CharacteristicsCoast Guard Motor Life Boat 47'

  • Length overall: 47 feet 11 inches
  • Beam: 14 feet
  • Draft: 4 feet, 6 inches
  • SHP: 870 via 2 Detroit Diesel DDEC-III
  • 6V-92TA (Horsepower 435 bhp each)
  • Displacement: Approx 40,000 lb
  • Construction: Marine grade aluminum
  • Propellers 2 4-blade 28x36 inch
  • Accommodations:(9); 4 Crew, 5 Passengers

Operational Characteristics

  • Speed: 25 knots (max speed), 22 knots (cruise)
  • Fuel Capacity: 400 gallons
  • Range: 200 nautical miles (cruise)
  • Maximum Winds: 50 Knots
  • Maximum Seas: 30 Feet
  • Towing Capacity: 150 displacement Tons
  • Maximum seas: Wind 60 knots Breaking Surf 20 feet

Electronic systems

Communication:Coast Guard Motor Life Boat 47' interior view

  • Raytheon RAY 152 HF-SSB radio
  • Raytheon RAY 430 Loudhailer
  • Simrad TD-L1550 VHF-FM direction finder
  • Motorola Spectra 9000 VHF50W radio

Navigation Systems:

  • Raytheon RAYCHART 620
  • Electronic Chart system
  • Raytheon NAV 398 GPS/LORAN system
  • Raytheon Autohelm ST 50 PLUS depth
  • Raytheon Autohelm ST 30 heading indicator
  • Raytheon R41X AN/SPS-69 radar

Control and Alarm:

  • Raytheon RAYPILOT 650 Autopilot

  •  Coast Guard Motor Life Boat 47' The MLB can be outfitted with an excellent array of Navigational gear, including a Global Positioning System (GPS) with charting capability, radars in the enclosed bridge and the open bridge, and radio direction finders. For communication the MLB can be outfitted with the latest VHF and Single Sideband marine radios. The MLB diesel engines are computer controlled to ensure that they are running at optimal efficiency at all times.

    Increasingly, modern navies, marine police agencies, coast guards, firefighters and civil patrols require rugged vessels that can operate effectively in multi-mission roles. Because the MLB is capable in 60-knot wind conditions and 20-foot surf, the operating window for missions is much larger than in years past. The MLB is a proven multipurpose platform that offers unparalleled survivability.

Coast Guard Defender Class 25' RB-S

Coast Guard Defender Class 25' RB-S

Coast Guard Defender Class 25' RB-S

Originally developed as a replacement for 300 shore based non-standard boats, the RB-S has additionally become the platform to increase the long term HLS capability at shore stations in the wake of the tragic event of September 11, 2001. The RB-S is very similar to the rapidly procured RB-HS boat, but with dozens of improvements to include a reinforced bow, full shock mitigating seating, larger cabin and LED navigation lights. The RB-S is being produced at over 100 boats per year and will eventually replace all shore based non-standard response boats and the RB-HS boats assigned to the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSST). The RB-S acquisition may provide up to 700 standard response boats, making it one of the largest boats buys of its type in the world. Several RB-S boats have already been ordered by other HLS Department agencies and foreign countries for their maritime homeland security missions.

Designed exclusively for the United States Coast Guard by SAFE Boats International, the RB-S (Response Boat Small) "Defender" Class will combat terrorism and keep the country's borders secure.25 Foot Response Boat Small
The RB-S is noteworthy for its speed and maneuverability. Time from zero to plane is under 4 seconds and with a top speed over 40 knots, the RB-S is the perfect fast response security, SAR or LE platform.

 The RB-S has a 102-inch beam and low profile making it easy to trailer, store, or load onto a C130 aircraft.  The RB-S comes with a full cabin to protect the crew from weather.

The RB-S has the direct benefit of years of evolutionary USCG Non-Standard boat history to maximize its operational availability. The USCG began accepting delivery of boats in the summer of 2003 at the rate of 2 or 3 each week.  The RB-S fleet is expected to consist of 350 boats, though that number may grow to 700 depending on funding and the growing Homeland Security missions.  The RB-S will be the largest boat fleet ever acquired by the Coast Guard and one of the largest of its type in the world.

Physical Characteristics:

  • Length, molded: 25' 00"
  • Length Overall: (bow to taff rail) 27' 6"
  • Beam (amidships): 8' 6"
  • Freeboard, bow: 3' 5"
  • Freeboard, Amidships pilothouse door): 2' 00"
  • Freeboard, recovery well: 1' 0"
  • Draft (engines lowered): 3' 3" 
  • Draft (engines raised): 2' 3"
  • Maximum Fixed height above water line: (top of spotlight): 6' 9"
  • Fixed Height above waterline: (top of mast light)  9' 2"
  • Unfixed height above water line: (top of VHF antenna): 11' 0"
  • Engines Qty (2) Honda 4-Stroke Counter-rotating Shaft horsepower (each engine): 225 SHP

Operational Characteristics:

  • Speed: 40+ Knots
  • Cruising Range:175NM at 35 knots
  • Seas: Up to 4' for normal operations
  • Safe in seas 8-10'interior view 25' RB-S
  • Fuel type: gasoline
  • Fuel capacity: 105 gallons
  • Maximum speed: 45 kts
  • Displacement, full load: 8,500 pounds
  • Displacement, less cargo: 7,200 pounds
  • Minimum Operational Crew: 3
  • Personnel Capacity (Pass. and Crew): 10
  • Weather Parameters: Winds: 25 kt & Seas: 6 feet
  • Crew Endurance: 8 hours
  • Towing Capacity: 35' or 10 Tons

Electronic Systems:

  • Furuno 1933C 10.4 inch Color Radar and Chart Plotter
  • GP-37 DGPS Receiver
  • RD-30 Remote Display (displays DGPS, Depth, Water temperature and Heading)
  • PG-1000 Flux Gate Compass Transducer
  • ARC Remote Control Searchlight

Boat Outfit:

  • 2 Fire Extinguishers
  • 1 Boat Hook
  • 150 ft Anchor/Tow Rope
  • 1 Anchor
  • 6 - 25 ft. Mooring Lines
  • 1 Bucket w/Lanyard
  • 1 Manual Portable Bilge Pump
  • 1 First Aid Kit
  • Boat Manuals       
47' and 25' off Station Manasquan
47' and 25' off Station Manasquan