USCGC Harry Claiborne (WLM 561)
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Coat of Arms



Argent, three chevronels interlaced Azure on a chief wavy Azure (dark blue) two points dexter and sinister Or, overall a trident intertwining the chevronels of the last.


From a wreath Argent and Azure two oars saltirewise and one palewise surmounted by an illumined prismatic lighthouse lens within a laurel wreath Proper.


A scroll Azure (dark blue) garnished, doubled an inscribed "NOSOTROS HACEMOS COMO EL ISO" in gold.


The coat of arms in full color as in the blazon, all upon a white disc and enclosed within a dark blue border edged on the outside with a gold rope and bearing the inscription "USCGC Harry Claiborne" at top and "WLM 561" below in gold.



Dark blue and silver (Argent) represent the Coast Guard and refer to the arms of the Claiborne family, which displays a silver shield with Sable chief. The gold piles in chief recall Harry Claiborne's distinguished career as Keeper of Bolivar Point and Pass a l'Outre lighthouses and represent the beams of light from the lanterns. They refer also to the searchlights used as part of the ship's search and rescue mission. The chevronels, derived from the arms of the Claiborne family, allude to the missions of marine environmental protection, aids to navigation and domestic ice breaking. The trident symbolizes authority at sea. Ultramarine blue signifies duties in coastal waters. Gold denotes excellence.


The oars represent Harry Claiborne's, achievements in rescuing a sheltering the storm victims at risk in the Galveston area during the hurricane of 1900 and 1915. The concentric prisms symbolize both a lighthouse lantern and the cyclonic hurricanes which devastated Galveston. The wreath recalls Harry Claiborne's efforts throughout his career to save lives and dignifies honor an achievement. Gold indicates excellence.

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