“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.
When Bill and I return to the Bramble, the buoy the ship has been carrying will be gone, but the deck won’t be empty. The ship will be carrying a brand new rigid-hulled inflatable boat as well as a land vehicle and several jet skis. These are great additions to […]Read More
Today’s feature is about USCGC Spar, a 180′ buoy tender and sister ship to the Bramble. An Iris class vessel, she was built by Marine Ironworks and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth, Minnesota. On 13 September 1943 the keel was laid, she was launched on 2 November 1943 and commissioned on […]Read More
I was reviewing the footage I shot as Bramble sailed into the Epic Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. Our ship was dwarfed by the enormous cranes, ships, and floating dry docks all around us. I caught sight of one of the US Navy’s impressive Littoral combat ships being serviced. Very futuristic […]Read More
Our featured crewman of the Bramble today is Chef and part time deck hand, Marlon Garrett from Louisiana. He holds many maritime certifications and has a small work boat Captains licence. Marlon keeps the morale going on this ship and he epitomizes hard work and patience. Marlon started working in […]Read More
As we sail away from Norfolk we get fantastic news! We’ve gotten the go-ahead too dive on the wreck of Bramble’s sister ship, USCGC “Spar”. She was intentionally sunk in June, 2004 to create an artificial reef. Our Dive expert Bill is gathering equipment and personnel for the mission. We’ll […]Read More