Those Sea Shepherd Boats in Annapolis


You can’t help but notice the two cutters in Annapolis – in a town filled with mostly recreational boats, they look like fish out of water.  Add to that, the Sea Shepherd flags flying off of both masts and you have the perfect scenario for maritime mystery on Spa Creek.


What the heck are they doing here?  Sea Shepherd is a Washington-based (as in the state) non-profit organization devoted to protecting marine life – such as dolphins, whales, sharks, seals, etc., none of which are usually in Spa Creek and to the best of my knowledge, we don’t have a need for intervention or blockades of our fisheries.

While I can’t tell you why Sea Shepherd has docked these two vessels in Annapolis (I’ve asked and will update if I get a reply), I can tell you both boats are former U.S. Coast Guard cutters, both are 110-feet, commissioned in 1991 and both recently were sold in Baltimore though GSA Auction.

In the photo at the very top, the boat on the left is the former USCGC Block Island, which had quite a distinguished career and was homeported near Jacksonville, Fl.  Interestingly enough, this boat is no stranger to protection of marine life (see article –  It sold this past December for a bid of $175,300, according to the GSA auction website.  The purchaser was not confirmed on the site.  At the time of sale, the boat was located in Baltimore.

On right, is the former USCGC Pea Island.  According to the GSA auction website, it sold in December for a bid of $275,800 and was also in Baltimore.  Again, the purchaser was not confirmed on the site.  The cutter was homeported in Key West, Fl.

For more information about Sea Shepherd visit their website at





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