Guard Station Sodus Point and Flotilla 4-7 History
Coast Guard Station
Sodus Point was an active Coast Guard Station until spring 1972. Upon deactivation, the local Coast Guard
Auxiliary flotilla requested use of the facilities for the purpose of holding
meetings and conducting training. In
late summer of the same year, the Coast Guard implemented a pilot program to
test a new idea…the Auxiliary Operated (AUXOP) station. AUXOP Station Sodus point was the first unit
in the nation redesigned under this concept.
With no reduction in the number of search and rescue responses in the
vicinity of Sodus Bay, AUXOP Station Sodus Point remained open to carry
its share of the search and rescue caseload with neighboring Coast Guard
Stations Rochester and Oswego.
Its mission was clear – provide seamless and immediate search and rescue
coverage along the southern shore
of Lake Ontario, relying
upon the skill and resources of the all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary. Following this reorganization, a new
Auxiliary flotilla formed nearby. Flotilla 4-4 was chartered with members from
Flotilla 2-12 to augment the station.
Subsequent to the AUXOP designation, the Coast Guard transferred a
full-time active duty member to the station.
This Coast Guardsman, the “officer in charge,” supported and directed
auxiliary efforts during the prosecution of search and rescue cases.
and professionalism of AUXOP Station Sodus Point’s charter members won the
respect of mariners and Coast Guard officials alike. The concept-testing phase of AUXOP station
was a success, and several other units in the Ninth Coast Guard District have
been downsized and/or reopened to operate under the proven AUXOP station
organization. In 1994, the officer in
charge of AUXOP Station Sodus Point was designated as order issuing authority
for Flotilla 4-7, which operates on Seneca Lake, one of New
York’s picturesque Finger Lakes. AUXOP Station Sodus Point’s Auxiliary
crewmembers continue to meet the operational challenges of the boating public
during the busy boating season from Mid-May through mid- September every year.
Sodus Point, with outstanding volunteer support from Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 4-4 and Flotilla 4-7, carries on the wonderful traditions of the
world’s premier maritime service.
Crewmembers respond to dozens of calls for assistance every year and
have logged an impressive record of saving lives and assisting millions of
dollars in property. Coast Guard AUXOP
Station Sodus Point personnel also make time to teach safe boating courses and
inspect hundreds of pleasure boats every season.