'Perfect Storm' Vessel Nets $60,075 in GSA Auction

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. General Services Administration

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The auction of a former U.S. Coast
 Guard cutter closed last week with a winning bid of more than $60,000 placed
 through GSA Auctions(TM), the U.S. General Services Administration's auction
 Web site, at http://www.gsaauctions.gov .
     The Tamaroa made its debut on the GSA Auctions(TM) Web site on Wednesday,
 March 14, amid much public interest. Bidding began immediately and eventually
 included as many as 12 interested parties. After more than two weeks, the
 auction closed at 10:26 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 29, with a high bid of
 $60,075 placed by GoForIt, the logon name for an Alabama-based company,
 Maritime Equipment & Sales, Inc. For more information about Maritime Equipment
 & Sales, Inc., please call 205-633-4002.
     GSA completed the sale of the Tamaroa on April 3, 2001.
     Originally the USS Zuni, a naval salvage tug during World War II, the
 Tamaroa was later commissioned into the Coast Guard where she served for more
 than 50 years in search and rescue and law enforcement missions.  The Tamaroa
 was in New York Harbor for much of that time, but was sent to New Hampshire in
 1984.  It was during her tenure there that the Tamaroa helped to rescue
 survivors of the so-called No-Name Storm of Halloween 1991 which later
 inspired the popular novel and film, "The Perfect Storm."
     Reported to the U.S. General Services Administration as excess by the U.S.
 Coast Guard in January 1994, the decommissioned Tamaroa was initially housed
 at New York's Intrepid Sea Air Museum until 1997.  It was later housed at the
 Hudson River Park Conservancy until 2000. Since that time, the Tamaroa has
 been unable to generate long-term interest from potential donees and GSA opted
 to auction the tug in a final effort to find a permanent home for the vessel.
     The Tamaroa is currently located at New York City Harbor in New York.
 
     The GSA Auctions(TM) Web site has been developed to complete GSA's
 transformation to an all-electronic asset management system. The site offers
 completely Web-enabled auctions through which the general public may bid
 electronically on a wide array of federal assets. For details, please visit
 GSA's Web site, http://www.gsa.gov .
 
 

SOURCE U.S. General Services Administration
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The auction of a former U.S. Coast
 Guard cutter closed last week with a winning bid of more than $60,000 placed
 through GSA Auctions(TM), the U.S. General Services Administration's auction
 Web site, at http://www.gsaauctions.gov .
     The Tamaroa made its debut on the GSA Auctions(TM) Web site on Wednesday,
 March 14, amid much public interest. Bidding began immediately and eventually
 included as many as 12 interested parties. After more than two weeks, the
 auction closed at 10:26 p.m. CST on Thursday, March 29, with a high bid of
 $60,075 placed by GoForIt, the logon name for an Alabama-based company,
 Maritime Equipment & Sales, Inc. For more information about Maritime Equipment
 & Sales, Inc., please call 205-633-4002.
     GSA completed the sale of the Tamaroa on April 3, 2001.
     Originally the USS Zuni, a naval salvage tug during World War II, the
 Tamaroa was later commissioned into the Coast Guard where she served for more
 than 50 years in search and rescue and law enforcement missions.  The Tamaroa
 was in New York Harbor for much of that time, but was sent to New Hampshire in
 1984.  It was during her tenure there that the Tamaroa helped to rescue
 survivors of the so-called No-Name Storm of Halloween 1991 which later
 inspired the popular novel and film, "The Perfect Storm."
     Reported to the U.S. General Services Administration as excess by the U.S.
 Coast Guard in January 1994, the decommissioned Tamaroa was initially housed
 at New York's Intrepid Sea Air Museum until 1997.  It was later housed at the
 Hudson River Park Conservancy until 2000. Since that time, the Tamaroa has
 been unable to generate long-term interest from potential donees and GSA opted
 to auction the tug in a final effort to find a permanent home for the vessel.
     The Tamaroa is currently located at New York City Harbor in New York.
 
     The GSA Auctions(TM) Web site has been developed to complete GSA's
 transformation to an all-electronic asset management system. The site offers
 completely Web-enabled auctions through which the general public may bid
 electronically on a wide array of federal assets. For details, please visit
 GSA's Web site, http://www.gsa.gov .
 
 SOURCE  U.S. General Services Administration