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Midgett shares memories of her father’s boat, a 45 foot ketch constructed by J.R. Miller in Morehead City. Launched in 1941, the ketch SULU was soon conscripted by the U.S. Coast Guard for the war effort. A .50 caliber machine gun was mounted on deck and Midgett’s father became a commissioned Chief Petty Officer. SULU was operated by six or seven men who were responsible for reporting any enemy vessels seen offshore. Following the war, SULU once again became a recreational vessel and was used by the family.