Response to the Sinking of the Escanaba
Grand Haven is known as “Coast Guard City U.S.A” because of its relationship with its service at sea. The USCGC Escanaba was ported in Grand Haven and had carried out escort duties for the Allied convoys during World War 2. It had at one point rescued 155 men from 1942-1943. But on June 13, 1943, while providing protection for five other ships enroute to Newfoundland, it was torpedoed and sank. 101 friends and neighbors of Grand Haven citizens were lost. Grand Haven responded by raising one million dollars in war bonds to purchase a replacement cutter the following year.