Adam E. Cornelius

Alder was built in 2004, is 225 feet long and flies a U.S. flag

The Coast Guard vessel Alder was launched on February 7th, 2004 at the Marinette Marine Corporation. She was the last in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders, a Juniper-class vessel at 225 feet long. She sailed from Marinette on September 12th, 2004 and arrived in Duluth on Saturday, October 16, 2004. Her missions: servicing aids to navigation, search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response, and domestic ice-breaking.
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The Alder arrived Duluth on May 6, 2017. The Federal Kumono, right, was waiting in the anchorage for her dock to clear.
Our local ice breaker/cutter/buoy tender is always the first vessel to move as the new season opens up in March. Above, and 2 below, we want out to the edge of the ice sheet on March 12, 2015, about 5  miles, opening a track that we followed when we returned.
Spring, 2014 was not a good one for the shipping industry on Lake Superior. Below, on March 28, 2014, the Alder (center) is towing the wounded Morro Bay back to port. The pair were led by the Katmai Bay. Click here for  more on this story.
Above, the Alder is departing Duluth on March 20, 2014 with some civilian passenger on board. Some of them can be seen on top, definitely civilians. Just above the ‘216’ crew members are at attention.
On March 10, 2014, the Alder is out on Lake Superior breaking up ice (above and below). Click here for more on this trip.
Above, the Alder patrols the Duluth harbor on November 10, 2012; below she is coming under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on October 22, 2011
Above, the Alder was greeted by cheerleaders when she returned from a trip to the Arctic on September 11, 2010; below, Carole Lent took this picture of the Alder coming into port on December 15, 2010
Above, the Alder opens the 2009 shipping season when she breaks away from the winter ice and goes out into the harbor to break up the ice so everyone else can get started too. She usually does this early in March, above on March 10, 2009. Below, 6 days later, I went out with them to break some ice.
Above, she went out into the lake on January 16, 2009. Below, she comes into port Dec 17, 2008.
Picture above taken Wednesday, December 24, 2008: She is clearing tracks in the ice in December, 2008 in the Duluth harbor.
Picture above taken December 16, 2007
Picture above taken Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Picture above taken Wednesday, October 3, 2006: prepares to make the turn toward the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge; below, out in Lake Superior
On the bridge of the Alder as she breaks ice in the harbor on March 17, 2005
Picture above taken Monday, March 7, 2005: looking for ice to break in the Duluth harbor
Picture above taken Saturday, January 15, 2005: going out to break ice
Picture above taken Wednesday, January 5, 2005: returns to her home port of Duluth
Picture above taken Saturday, October 16, 2004:  arrives Duluth for first time
Picture above taken Saturday, October 16, 2004: gets an escort upon her arrival in Duluth
Picture above taken Friday, February 6, 2004, from  the other side of the Menominee River, in Michigan, the day before the launch.
Picture above taken Saturday, February 7, 2004: US Coast Guard cutter Alder launched at the Marinette, Wisconsin shipyard on February 7, 2004


  1. At 7:25 today the bridge lifted half way and what looked like a tug with an extended hull and I know wasn’t the Alder left port, and after passing the South Pier Light made a sharp right and looked to be heading South toward the Superior Entry. It had a strange sound — almost like it wasn’t all the way into the water — like a hover craft — able to go in water and on ice. Does anyone know? I didn’t know where else to ask this question.

  2. Austin loves ships says:

    Nice job

  3. Austin loves ships says:

    The alder is the best coast guard of them all

  4. Wow

  5. Ali (AKA: Shipyard Sally) says:

    I just got to tour the Alder recently. It was one of the best experiences of my life! and all the Coast Guard members were so nice! It was soooo amazing!!

  6. kchamlet says:


  7. In October, 2003, my former Coast Guard husband and I went to a reunion of the CG in Marinette and walked down to the shipyard where the Alder was almost finished being built, and we were offered a private tour of the ship all the way up to the bridge! He told us she would be skippered by a female. It was a fantastic experience and the officer was very informative (wish I could remember his name)! That was before security was so tight, and we didn’t have to show any identification. My husband just had his CG hat on!

  8. Tristin (loves ships) says:

    Yes it would, just try not to get wet.

  9. I would love to see a ship enter the water like that. Holly- that would be an awsome sight.

  10. wow…that must have been an awesome sight!

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