USCGC STORIS Life and Death of a Queen


We hope you find this site enlightening!

Our information has come from many sources, including government documents, the media, public records, personal accounts, emails, the internet and more. The gathering and assembly of this convoluted jigsaw puzzle is ongoing as more becomes available. If you, the reader, have or know something you would like us to consider, please contact us.


This Web site is intended to be a virtual memorial to the USCGC STORIS (WMEC-38), one of the most historically significant ships ever to serve the U.S. Coast Guard. This is a companion site to the USCGC STORIS - Life and Death of a CG Queen Facebook page at

These sites will be reposting much of the information that was once available on the STORIS Museum Web site. It will also be a virtual museum for the ship, with various stories, photos and submitted memories of the men and women who served aboard "The Queen of the Fleet."

More importantly, these pages are also intended to be a means of disseminatingthe information that is being sought through the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the U.S. Federal Government agencies that are responsible for allowing the sale of STORIS through questionable circumstances and then allowing the ship to be exported to Ensenada, Mexico, for scrapping. This, despite the high likelihood the ship contained hazardous materials that would have made the sale and export illegal. This also transpired despite the fact that STORIS was listed as nationally significant on the National Register of Historic Places (NR# 12001110) and was being sought actively for museum use by two viable nonprofit organizations who wanted to preserve STORIS as a museum and monument to Coast Guard history and accomplishment while also using the vessel as an active training ship for U.S. Navy Sea Cadets and U.S. Naval League Cadets.

Several FOIA requests were made through the U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Maritime Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency after the ship was sold and allowed to be exported. This information will be posted on this site as well as the Facebook page as it becomes available.

This site is not officially affiliated with the nonprofit STORIS Museum of Juneau, AK, the nonprofit Last Patrol Museum and Monument Group of Toledo, OH, or the U.S. Coast Guard.