ODE TO THE CUTTER DUANE

By Floyd Stormer

From "We've Been There" by Esther Stormer 1992

 

This poem was written about 1960 or 1961.....

 

CGC DUANE (WHEC-33)

 

You all know the ghost of the Old China Coast

The Sub known as "Porpoise Maru"

But the deeds and the name, of the Cutter DUANE

Are known by a well chosen few.

 

She is known through the fleet, as well kept and neat

She has no great call upon fame

But small deeds galore, make a large total score

For the sea going Cutter DUANE.

 

She's made many patrols, each has taken it's toll

Full twenty one years of the same

But those who live by the sea, have a fond memory

For the Coast Guard Cutter Duane.

 

She's long and narrow and lean, with lines that are clean

Though speed is no part of her game

For logging the knots, when the anemometer stops

You can't beat the Cutter DUANE

 

When the sea's running wild, like a disobedient child

And some ship can no longer resist

The message they hear, coming in loud and clear,

Is ... "DUANE will proceed and assist."

 

When talks running free, in bars by the sea

The way to put all boasters to shame

Is when asked, "What's your ship?" Raise your glass to your lip

And reply, "I AM OFF THE CUTTER DUANE"

 

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