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Coast Guard cutter moves to new home across harbor
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It may not be like moving a mountain, but in a way, an island was moved across Portland Harbor.  The Coast Guard cutter Jefferson Island made the half mile voyage across the Fore River from the coast guard base to its new berth near the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

The 110 foot long vessel has been in Portland Harbor since it was commissioned in 1991, and had been moored at a pier on the Portland side of the harbor.  About 10 years ago, the pier was condemned and the Jefferson Island moved to the coast guard base in South Portland.

"At the pier that we currently have in South Portland, the water was too shallow and there wasn't enough room to get our rescue boats out," explained Captain Jim McPherson.  "So this is going to increase our ability to get our rescue boats out faster because there is more room there now."

The Coast Guard plans on having a welcoming ceremony at the new pier in the spring and will invite the public to come aboard the cutter and see its new home then.

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