“Bramble Reborn” is an exciting documentary about the adventures of the crew of “USCGC Bramble”, a restored Coast Guard Cutter now owned by civilian adventurer and entrepreneur Tom Clarke. Featuring exotic (and often dangerous) locations, riveting dive expeditions, and fascinating historical facts, this film takes viewers on an epic journey from the sparkling blue seas of the Caribbean to the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage.
In 1957, along with the cutters "Spar" and "Storis", USCGC Bramble headed for the Northwest Passage, traveling through the Bering Straits and Arctic Ocean.
These three surface vessels were the first American ships to circumnavigate the North American Continent, an ambition mariners had dreamed of for more than 400 years.
Now 62 years later, the question is: can she do it again?
“Bramble Reborn” is produced by Sheep Gang Productions, a Canadian company specializing in marine voyage documentation. We at Sheep Gang Productions feel honoured that we’ve been chosen to document the new voyages of the reborn USCGC Bramble. Our small but highly skilled team has fully integrated with Bramble’s sailing crew and will be following her route every step of the way on her exciting voyage.
Producer Bill Wiley and Director Geoffrey Holmes are hard at work filming the new adventures of USCGC Bramble as she attempts to re-create history: a voyage to circumnavigate the North American continent! They are shooting with surface cameras, aerial drones, and ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) to capture all the action in glorious 4K, which has four times the resolution of standard high definition video. Please check the website often for updates of the journey's progress. And don't forget to join our mailing list: click here.
Progress is continuing on the ship. Here is an inside look at a few of the issues being dealt with. First, here is a photo of a very bad bearing being changed out on one of the engines. These should be smooth with even wear. Not grooves. Good thing they […]Read More
Finally, as part of the major overhaul underway on Bramble in Mobile, Alabama, work is being done on the Cranes & Mooring Gear: Replace wires on main hoist and fast line Replace wire on swing Cut back wires on Tuggers Replace FRC cable Replace Bow Mooring cable Remove the anchor […]Read More
Work on the exterior of the ship is extensive: Removing old brackets and metal part and pieces which are no longer needed Removed old guard shack Removed dog house over the aft passageway Repairing handrails and bulwarks Repairing and/replacing lighting as required Waterblast and paint, Upper side shell, bulwarks, superstructure […]Read More
It’s 2019 and it’s time for Bramble to get an update to the Electronics Suite. Satellite Compass x 2 Radars x 2 Depth Sounders x 2 Including new Hull transducers FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) Multifunction Display: Chart Plotter / Radar / Depth Navigation PC’s x 2 running Nobeltec Professional DGPS […]Read More
There is a lot of work to be done to the Plumbing & Waste for the ship. Currently under way: Replaced Graywater lift station in aft storeroom Repaired automatic switching and alarms Opened bulkheads to repair bad piping Re-welded leaking shower pans Caulking throughout Unclogged drains throughout Repaired sinks, faucets […]Read More
Bramble’s interior has experienced a lot of wear and tear over the years. From her time as an active service ship to many years as a museum vessel, it’s definitely time for a well deserved interior upgrade. Currently under way: Deep Cleaning in all spaces Repair insulation as needed Paint […]Read More
Engineering upgrades are part of the major overhaul currently under way in Mobile, Alabama. Engineering upgrades include: Rebuilt burnt out DC breakers in the Switchgear Rebuilt diesel-powered Boilers for heating Installed water heaters Replaced and/or rebuilt potable water valves Replaced Potable water pumps x 2 Rebuilt Raw Water Pumps for […]Read More
Bramble’s excellent chef Marlon will be particularly excited to see the upgrades to the galley. We will certainly all benefit from these upgrades. Complete tear down and cleaning of this area Including using an industrial steam cleaner Rebuilt Galley Hood Refurbished original equipment and possible Replaced and re-plumbed galley sinks and […]Read More
Bramble is continuing to undergo upgrades in Mobile, Alabama before the journey resumes. Upgrades include the following Fire Fighting Appliances: Replaced PPK extinguishers with modern Dry Chemical Installed new Brackets & Paint. Replaced all AFFF media Replaced all dry rotted Fire Hose & rebuilt nozzles as required Changed out dry […]Read More