Bramble is an Award Winning Vessel with an Unique History


Bramble is an Award Winning Vessel with an Unique History

Originally built for the US Coast Guard, Bramble offers the opportunity to own a piece of history.

This seaworthy ship is highly voluminous and stands out for her explorer capabilities, including an 8,000 nm range.

Now for sale though IYC, Bramble makes for an excellent opportunity to purchase and convert into one of world’s finest luxury explorer yachts.

The retired USCGC Bramble (WAGL/WLB­392) is one of thirty nine 55 metre Seagoing Buoy Tenders designed and built in the early 1940’s for the U.S. Coast Guard.

As a Coast Guard Cutter Bramble was commissioned in 1944 at a cost of just over $925,000.

Following World War II, the Bramble participated in “Operation Crossroads,” the first test of an atomic bomb’s effect on surface ships, at Bikini Island.

In 1957, along with the cutters Spar and Storis, it headed for the Northwest Passage, traveling through the Bering Straits and Arctic Ocean. Traveling for 64 days through 4,500 miles of partially uncharted waters, the vessels finally reached the Atlantic Ocean.

These three surface vessels were the first to circumnavigate the North American Continent, an ambition mariners have had for more than 400 years.

In 1962, the Brambletransferred to Detroit to perform the missions of search and rescue, icebreaking, and law enforcement throughout the Great Lakes, in addition to aids to navigation.

In 1975, the Bramblereported to Port Huron. The cutter’s areas of responsibility included eastern Lake Erie, southern Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay, and maintaining 187 buoys, one NOAA weather buoy, and three fog signals.

During winter months, its capabilities as an icebreaker enabled it to escort ships through ice and assist ships in distress. Bramblewas decommissioned in 2003 to be used as a museum.

Throughout her service Bramblewas awarded many awards and ribbons. She received the Department of Transportation Gold Medal, CG Unit Commendation, CG Meritorious Unit Commendation, CG “E” Ribbon, CG Bicentennial Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Arctic Service Medal and the Special Operations Service Ribbon.


  • Length 180’/54.86m
  • Beam 37’/11.28m
  • Gross Tonnage 749 Gt
  • Built  1944
  • Maximum Speed 13 Knots
  • Cruising Speed 7 Knots
  • Builder Zenith Dredge Co.
  • Guests 10
  • Cabins 9
  • Crew 56
  • Hull Steel
  • Superstructure Steel
  • Sales Broker Randy Kluge
  • Telephone +1 586 484 8211
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  • Asking Price $1,650,000