...Deployment of the replacement NWS Portland Buoy (#44007) on 11/14/97...

On Friday, November 14th, the former Portland Weather Buoy,
which was in need of repair, was replaced with a new buoy.
 We appreciate the efforts of those who worked so hard to keep
this valuable source of marine data funded!

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#7ondeck.gif The new Portland weather buoy rests on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Willow while awaiting deployment.


Senator Olympia Snowe (at right), with sledge in hand, prepares to release the buoy mooring (seen at the side of ship).

buoy_on_crane.gif With the mooring released, the crane gently lifts the buoy from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Willow.

buoy_splash.gif The Buoy is lowered by crane into the rough coastal waters three miles off Cape Elizabeth.

buoy_in_the_water.gif After deployment, the buoy begins satellite transmission of critical wind, wave, temperature, and pressure observations to Meteorologists on shore.

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