Mat Irvine: In 1952, Rescue Boat CG 36500 went to help the oil tanker Pendleton, being battered by a 70-knot storm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Thirty-two crew were taken from the stricken ship, and returned safely to Chatham Lifeboat Station. All four Coast Guard crewmen received the Gold Life Saving Medal for the mission.
The box art (below) was painted by Jack Leynwood, one of Glencoe's regular illustrators.
The runners (below) are far thicker than they would be in a new-tool kit, but the parts themselves are finely moulded.
The stand shown in the pictures is supplied in the kit, and holds the vessel riding the waves of a stormy sea, an appropriate stance.
Book and movie
The rescue is related in The Finest Hours by Michael J. Touglas and Casey Sherman, and now Disney is planning a movie based on the book. This will star Chris Pine, currently best known as Star Trek’s ‘new’ James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise. Although he keeps his Captain status, he will be exchanging his warp-drive command for a somewhat slower vessel. The US Coast Guard Rescue Boat is of the same type as CG 36500, so Glencoe Models now has a real ‘starship’ in its catalogue.
To read more, visit the Orleans Historical Society Museum.
Glencoe Models, U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Boat
Assembled length: 200mm (8 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 05301