On a windy Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder made its final trip under Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge as it set sail for Baltimore, Maryland.

The Alder arrived in the Twin Ports in October 2004, replacing the Sundew, which was decommissioned that year. The Alder will make its final trip through the Great Lakes to Baltimore, Maryland, for a year of maintenance before it is transferred to San Francisco, its new homeport.

Another 225-foot buoy tender, the USCG Spar, will replace the Alder in spring 2022.



The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder waves as the Alder leaves the Duluth port for the final time Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021.  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder waves as the Alder leaves the Duluth port for the final time Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

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The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder crashes into waves as it passes under Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge for the final time Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021. (Jed Carlson 
 / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder crashes into waves as it passes under Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge for the final time Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder wave to family and friends as the ship leaves port for the final time Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder wave to family and friends as the ship leaves port for the final time Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder leaves port for the final time after passing under the Aerial Lift Bridge on Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder leaves port for the final time after passing under the Aerial Lift Bridge on Wednesday morning, July 7, 2021. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)