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 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.

Bill Shoots Video

Bill Wiley


Bill Wiley is a film producer and international dive specialist.

Bill Shoots Video

Geoffrey Holmes


Geoffrey Holmes is an award winning video producer and director.


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.

"Semper Paratus!"

Bramble Upgrades: Life Saving Appliances

May 21, 2019

Bramble is currently undergoing upgrades in Mobile, Alabama. It’s quite the overhaul! Among the upgrades are the Life Saving Appliances: 2 x 35 Man Viking, Polar Class Inflatable Life Rafts 70 Adult Life Jackets Including Lights and Whistles 12 Children Life Jackets 55 Adult Cold-Water Immersion Suits 12 Child Cold-Water […]

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1957 USCGC Bramble Veteran Records

May 19, 2019

Today we received a marvellous letter from the daughter of one of USCGC Bramble’s veterans. This is a list of the men from the original 1957 journey. Thank you so much to all of the veterans who have reached out to us. So far we have had over 60 veterans […]

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USCGC Bramble leaving Port Huron

May 14, 2019

Video footage of USCGC Bramble departing her longtime home of Port Huron for new adventures. This footage shows her voyage past Detroit and into Lake Erie in late March, 2019.

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PRESS: Times Herald – U.S. Coast Guard Bramble prepares to repeat history with trip through Northwest Passage

May 10, 2019

Article by Liz Shepard, Port Huron Times Herald When Robert Mosco heard about a plan to take a 75-year-old retired U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker through the fabled Northwest Passage at the top of North America, he liked the idea of the adventure. “I thought it would be a pretty cool […]

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Preparing for the Panama Canal

May 8, 2019

In another couple of weeks, work will be complete and Bramble will return to sea, ready for the next chapter of the voyage. She’ll depart Mobile, Alabama where she’s been in dry dock for an overhaul. Once the vessel is expedition ready, she’ll be heading into the Caribbean, and visiting […]

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Feature: USCGC Storis

May 6, 2019

USCGC Storis was one of three vessels, along with USCGC Bramble, and USCGC Spar, to transit the Northwest Passage in 1957 and become the first US ships to circumnavigate the continent. USCGC Storis was launched during World War II and served in the North Atlantic. In 1972, the ship underwent […]

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Feature: Contacting Veterans

May 5, 2019

If you or a family member served on USCGC Bramble, USCGC Storis, or USCGC Spar, we would like to hear from you. We’re putting together a special list of former crew members and will make it a priority to provide special updates about both the ship and the film to […]

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Feature: Ice Breaking Sounds

May 2, 2019

I was reviewing and logging some of the first video footage Bill and I shot for the film.  It seems like so long ago now. The first sequence I’m cutting together involves the Bramble’s ice-breaking trials in Lake Huron.  I was up on the forecastle when we started breaking ice and […]

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Feature: Farewell Buoy

May 1, 2019

Captain Robert just sent us these photos from Mobile, Alabama.  The large steel buoy that had been occupying the Bramble’s deck has now been removed.  This will free up deck space for vehicles and other equipment. I’m kind of sorry to see the buoy go.  It was on display when […]

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