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In January 1946, Cdr. McGowan set about refitting the former German sail training vessel for her return to America as a war prize. With the help of her German crew and US Coast Guardsmen new to sail, he fitted her for sea, then sailed her across the Atlantic to Bermuda, and home to New York. On this last leg they met a hurricane which severely tested the ship and her mixed crew. They learned to pull together to sail and, ultimately, to save the ship.
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Captain Gordon P. McGowan rose from apprentice seaman to captain in the US Coast Guard and served in a wide variety of capacities in peace and in war, on both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
After two years of enlisted service, beginning in 1924, he was commissioned as an ensign in 1926. He served in destroyers and cutters on various stations. He received his first command, the Tallapoosa, in 1941 and participated in action against the enemy following Pearl Harbor. In 1942 he was put in charge of the Seamanship Department at the coast Guard Academy. Promoted to Commander in 1943, his assignment to Europe and subsequent adventures with the Eagle followed.
Upon his return to this country he was Captain of the Port of Chicago for two years; Operations Officer, Eighth District Staff, New Orleans; and, finally, southern Area Inspector, where his responsibilities extended from New Mexico to Puerto Rico. He retired in July of 1959 to reside in Thomasville, Georgia.
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