Located on hill between Buildings 12 and 67
Sand Point Naval Air Station
On June 13, 1946; Bridle Buoys were laid on Lake Washington, the buoy pictured at right was most certainly used for that purpose.
In 1946, the question "Could Navy aircraft legally moor on Lake Washington?" A flurry of dispatches flew between Sand Point and The bureau of Aeronautics, establishing the Navy's rights.
On June 15th NAS Seattle was informed that 24 PBY's would arrive from Alameda, with six coming in each day.
Courtesy of Artifacts Inc.
<---Buoy History from Chapter 3, SUPPORT of the NAS History Book.
PBY-5A 48314 during water operations at Battle Harbour. Note JATO bottle just aft of wing strut and sea drogue hanging at aft end of blister. Crewman emerging from bow turret will moor aircraft to an anchored buoy.
Ted A. Morris, Lieutenant Colonel,
Mooring buoys are distinguished by the
addition of a fitting to receive a ships mooring chain or hawser. A
mooring buoy typically consists of an anchor, a tether and a float
marking the location of the anchoring system. Below photo was taken at
Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. They are about 4 feet in diameter.
Commercial buoys are typically used for
temporary moorage of a vessel that is awaiting transit, or loading or
offloading. Often these vessels are barges. Recreational buoys are used
as semi permanent moorage for recreational vessels. The size of these
vessels are typically between 4 and 12 meters in length, with smaller
vessels moored on private tidelands or on shore and larger vessels
moored in marinas.