The Mighty Z
Her main Navy nickname when she was the USS Zuni. The nickname was also used by a lot of USCG crews as well.
Automatic Trough Finder
Her other Navy nickname, a play on her designation as ATF-95.
Because of an "incident" with some barges in NY harbor.
Because her sinking in drydock in March 1963.
RONC Can't Hook It
"Republic of Nantucket Cutter." The commanding officers or officers-in-charge of Coast Guard cutters that are assigned to
or visit Nantucket play the "Ring Game" with the Nantucket Angler's Club for "ownership" of the cutter. If the skipper loses, then the Nantucket Angler's Club becomes the cutter's owner. The skipper is entitled to decide the newly acquired cutter's "RON" name. [It's all done in fun!]
You Call, We Haul
Not really a nickname, but appropriate. During a tug strike in New York harbor, she hauled sewage barges.
NNGR: Nothing Never Goes Right
A play off her call sign NNGR.
From her days in Staten Island.
People always had a tough time pronouncing Tamaroa.
The "covert" call sign during D7 patrols.
Because of the misapprehension that every time she went out she tried to go down.
The Bull or The Bull from the Sea
Taken from a popular novel of the 60's about ancient Crete. This reflected her widely acknowledged towing abilities.
The Galloping Ghost off the Jersey Coast
In the 60's she spent an inordinate amount of time chasing the Russians away from McGuire AFB and a lot of her SAR
patrol time was spent off New Jersey.
The Damn Tam
In the 60s she was the only white hulled work boat at Staten Island. She had to share the pier with the likes of the Campbell, Spencer, Dallas, Half Moon, Mackinac and Rockaway.
For obvious reasons. Courtesy of Ron Horn, LT, USCG
The Great White Needle of Death
No idea but was used on board. Courtesy of Ron Horn, LT, USCG
World's Fastest Swimming Pig or Fast Attack Pig
From the times they used to send us in search of the "Mother Ship" at full bore. Courtesy of John Bullock, '86 to '91