Our Main Training Platform
From 1954 to 1964, the Cape Wash was stationed at Alameda, CA. She was used for law enforcement (LE) and SAR. On 30 May 1960, she sustained an engine-room fire in Oakland, CA. On 25 October 1960, she towed wreckage of Leaky Teaky to Yerba Buena Island. On 26-27 October 1961, she assisted M/Vs Hoegh Cape and Waitermata following a collision 13 miles west of Bodega Bay. On 19 November 1962, she assisted the grounded F/V Pelican at Half Moon Bay. From 1964 to 1967, she was homeported at San Francisco, CA, and was used for LE and SAR. From 1968 to 1981, she was stationed at Monterey, CA, and was used for LE and SAR. In April 1980, she assisted the disabled tanker Austin off Morro Bay; commercial vessels were also assisting. From 1982 to 1987, she was stationed at Morro Bay, CA, and was used for LE and SAR. On 22 February 1983, she assisted in the rescue of students from the capsized charter boat San Mateo outside Morro Bay. On 18 May 1983, she helped transfer oil from a leaking barge 30 miles west of Lopez, CA.
She was decommissioned on 1 January 1987 and transferred to the U.S. Navy. She was based at Submarine Base Bangor and saw service as a "Personnel Transfer Boat" (PTB) and given the hull number 951 (95-footer, boat #1).
In 2012 Ship 51 found the need for a new training vessel and was able to acquire the Olympic Venture from the navy after being listed as government surplus. Read the full article in Palo Alto Online.