USCGC Magnolia WAGL-328

My stepfather was in the coast guard back in the 60’s and was on a buoy tender the  USCGC Magnolia WAGL-328  or “maggie mae”.

I started building a CG model of her a while back but never finished it.  I need to go back and finish her sometime.  Was great when I printed out the pics I had done of her so far and the excitement he had over them and the stories he told about serving on her.

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17 responses to “USCGC Magnolia WAGL-328

  • Ron Newell Wilkins

    Hey Ron …. If your step-Dad is still with us let him know about the Coast Guard Channel Community. We have quite a few “Maggie” veterans at the Seagoing (WLB) Buoy Tender Veterans Group at the community. He may even have some shipmates he served with there. Would love to see you finish the model of the Maggie. A model of a 189′ tender is very rare. They were a converted U.S. Army WW2 mine planter. …….. Ron Wilkins, community admin.

  • 0x0y0z

    Hey thanks for the comments. He is still with us, but not a computer person. Hopefully I can get him on there though.

    If there are any pictures of the maggie you have or her sister ship that you can get a hold of that would be great I only have a few I have found online. Would help me greatly in finishing the model.

    Thank you.

  • George Krietemeyer

    I am a retired CG Captain and am writing a History of the CG in Moble, AL.
    Have you finished the model yet? I am sure the CG folks in Mobile would like to have the model for display on board the Battleship AL or at the local CG Sector Office.

    My e-mail is “”
    Lets talkCapt K

    • 0x0y0z

      At this point I have not. I keep wanting to finish it. I just have had other projects and stuff. I really enjoyed making it. It was really fun building the ship my stepfather had served on and the stories he told about her when I showed him the pictures.

      The model is a computer model made entirely in the computer using a program called LightWave 3d.

      If I do finish it I would like to make a physical model from it now with the new 3D printer technology.

      • Finn Sinclair

        Hi! My father served as captain on the USCGS Planetree, a buoy tender cutter. I was wondering if you could send me the model of that wonderful cutter you have there, as I would like to 3D print it, as you mentioned, for my father.

        Thank you!

  • Verne Strader

    I served aboard her starting 1-71. We had some great times aboard her. We set the LNBs at San Francisco and Blunts Reef. These bouys replaced the Lightships there. We serviced St George lighthouse and Farralon Islands off San Francisco. Love the model

    • 0x0y0z

      Thank you very much.

      I really would like to get back to the model and finish it.

      My step father has great memories of his time aboard her too.

      • Verne Strader

        If your father in law help set LNBs at San Francisco and Blunts reef. I should know him. What was his rate? Was he a deck hand?

    • sarah

      You might’ve known my grandfather, John Olsen possible. I only assume he was on it cuz he has a ceramic mug with the ships name on it as he had also served while in San Fran since ’52. He was also on Taney.

      • 0x0y0z

        I made the cg model and prints for my stepfather he served on her in end of 60s as I remember. Unfortunately my computer died and I lost the 3D model

  • Stephen Turpen

    I served on the Magi from Dec 66 until June 67

  • John Twyman

    I served on the magic from 1964 to 1968, first in San Francisco (Yorba Buena Island) then Astoria Oregon.

  • John Twyman

    I was on her 1964 to 68, made the move to Astoria, don’t know if you care or not but the life boat on the port side was not like the one in all the pictures on the Starboard side, it was a small supply carrying boat used to shuttle supplies to light ships and light houses, it had a small Booda Diesel engine and had a blunt bow like a landing craft, we moved a lot of stores with that little boat, had a “Snipe” running the engine and a Coxswain driving it, a real team effort in a very small area, very interesting especially off the Fairlon Islands and some light houses

  • Walter Riebe

    Hi: My Name is Walter Riebe and served on the Magnolia in 1952 and 53 then went to the Taney until 1956 MM1

  • Emily

    My husband, John (“Jack”) Wied served as Operations Officer on the Magnolia from 1961-1964 while it was based at Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay. We are now living in Oregon
    where we located the ship several years ago in Astoria.

    • John Twyman

      I was stationed on the Magnolia in 1964 until 1968 she was in Yerba Buena or TI for a couple of years and then we moved to Astoria where I was discharged in 1968.I now live in San Diego Area.

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