U.S. Coast Guard ATON personnel honor lighthouse keepers

THOMASTON, Maine (The following is excerpted from a story by Walter Ham, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters)

Crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess (WLM-553) and Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) Southwest Harbor, Maine, placed flowers and national ensigns at the gravesites of Abbie Burgess and Isaac Grant, two renowned lighthouse keepers, during a visit here in August.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess sails past Owls Head Lighthouse near Rockland, Maine. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Auxiliarist Bob Trapani

The ANT maintains 293 ATON from the Marshall Point Lighthouse in St. George, Maine, to the St. Croix River on the Canadian Border. The team assists with 439 additional Aids to Navigation.

The crew of Abbie Burgess, the Rockland, Maine-based cutter, maintains 342 buoys that enable lobster boats, fishing vessels and sailboats to transit through local bays and harbor entrances.

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