Coast Guard Cutters
When she steams into the harbor
People don't flock 'round like bees;
For she ain't no grim destroyer,
No dark terror of the seas.
And there ain't a load of romance
To the guy that doesn't know,
In a ship that just saves vessels
When the icy northers blow.
But the men [and women] that sail the ocean
In a wormy, rotten craft,
When the sea ahead is mountains
With a hell-blown gale abaft;
When the mainmast cracks and topples,
And she's lurching in the trough,
Them's the guys that greet the "Cutter"
With the smiles that won't come off.
When the old storm signal's flyin',
Every vessel seeks a lee,
"Cept the "Cutter", which ups anchor
And goes ploughing out to sea,
when the hurricane's a-blown'
From the banks of old Cape Cod
Oh, the "Cutter", with her searchlight,
Seems the messenger of God.
- author unknown
Lots of options here. We can easily set up a wiki on the web server. We could create a standard page to collect information about each cutter. We could then set up empty pages for each past/present/future cutter, then folks to fill in the details.
We could also just do the same on wikipedia and link to those pages...
Coast Guard Cutters and Craft Index
Cutters on Wikipedia