It is quite often a surprise to people who write to me to find that I live in Norway. I was brought up in a place called Broadstairs, which borders onto Ramsgate. After my work had taken me to various other places in England, I moved to Norway in 1986 (where they even had two 44´s!). It is perhaps no less of a surprise to me that the geographical area in which I live doesn't cause me any problems with my work on the website. Over the years I have made many friends worldwide with people with the same interest in the 44´s. I have even been lucky enough to meet up with many of these face to face with a few trips over to the U.S.A.
First I had the great honor to be invited to attend the decommissioning of the 44301, which was the last 44 in the service and was based at Chatham, Massachusetts where the ceremony took place. Here I had the pleasure of putting names to the many faces of the Coast Guard buddies I had corresponded with for so many years. As well as making many new friends and meeting Coast Guard personnel from Capt. Robert W. Witter who led the design team for the 44, right up to the Commandant.