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Columbia River Outside Bar Ltd.Bell Buoy
Main Channel Lighted Whistle Buoy 2
Clatsop Spit Lighted Whistle Buoy 6
Peacock Spit Lighted Bell Buoy 7
Clatsop Spit Lighted Whistle Buoy 10
Clatsop Spit Lighted Whistle Buoy 10A
Peacock Spit Lighted Bell Buoy 9
Clatsop Spit Lighted Whistle Buoy 12
Clatsop Spit Lighted Whistle Buoy 14
Desdemona Sands Lighted Bell Buoy 11

It took approximately eight months for the delivery of the major ANRAC items to the District and it was not until March, 1944, that the first two ANRAC equipped buoys were placed on station. All maintenance and repair work for this initial installation of special buoy equipment was handled at the Tongue Point Repair Base. Maintenance personnel from this yard kept a running record sheet of both buoys together with a battery record for which a new calendar marking system was adopted. The ANRAC equipped buoys were placed on station in accordance with the normal buoy replacement schedule and for this reason, although other buoys were equipped with the ANRAC receivers at that time, they were not set out.

In the meantime, the Commandant, 13th Naval District, had ordered the relighting of buoys in Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay Areas which had been blacked out for security. This action was necessary to facilitate the movement of marine traffic related to the war effort. On the other hand, experience had demonstrated that certain hazards to defense activities were created by the inability to black out lights promptly. Since the lights in this area might have been of inestimable value to hostile craft, and, in order to circumvent any such use being made of the lights, it appeared necessary that arrangements be made for their blacking out expeditiously. Experience had further demonstrated the impracticability of getting the lights extinguished in any kind of reasonable time, except for shooting them out. In one test case, it was a matter of five days before some of the buoys could be approached without the possibility of seriously damaging a boat or buoy or injuring personnel. For these reasons, the District Coast Guard Officer requested Headquarters to install ANRAC on the following lights where other means could not be utilized to obtain reasonable prompt extinguishment:

Grays Harbor Lighted Bell Buoy 5
Grays Harbor Lighted Whistle Buoy 8
Grays Harbor Lighted Whistle Buoy 6
Grays Harbor Lighted Whistle Buoy 9
Grays Harbor Lighted Whistle Buoy 11

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