CGC Monomoy Seal Redesign


Puddle Pirate® was asked to redesign the seal for the Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy currently deployed in Bahrain as part of PATFORSWA. Since the cutter has been around since 1989, and being originally from Massachusetts, we wanted to pay homage to her heritage and history as all good seals do.  

Follow along below to discover the meaning behind each of the seals elements...


The basic shape takes on that of a lifering to overall denote the most basic fact of the Monomoy; She's a nautical vessel. 



Named after Monomoy Island, off the west coast of Cape Cod, MA, the Monomoy’s place of origin is part of her history that will never change. The banners that don the shield in the Massachuesetts State Flag, also show up in the Monomoy’s new seal as well as the lone star above the Native American who's wielded a bow and arrow (which also appear as a cross section). 


Not just paying homage to the state, but the name itself; Monomoy itself is a term coined from the Wampanoag Tribe, meaning “look-out-place” or “deep-water”. 



Then we added an eagle. Well because... Merica. Also, with the Monomoy being an entity overseas representing America, the symbol of the eagle represents  authority, swiftness and justice. 

Bahrain is the Monomoy’s current home port. While that may not be true forever, it’s a part of her history that will never be changed. So adding a small nod to the Bahrain National flag inside of the Eagle’s chest commemorates the missions and hard work that her and her crew have put in while part of PATFORSWA.


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Adding color that pays homage to the Massachusetts state flag as well as adding in the cutter's motto rounds out the seal leaving it open for other operation color schemes (below). 

Secondary Marks


Secondary Color Schemes and Branding

 Desert Sand

Desert Sand

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 Ocean Blue

Ocean Blue

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USCG Station Cape Charles

Puddle Pirate® was honored to be approached by the XO of USCG Station Cape Charles, Virginia to redesign their unit emblem. We know that a lot of Coasties take pride in their unit and like to wear it proudly, so we wanted to make sure we encompassed the history and pride of Cape Charles in this design. Below, we lay out our thought process on what we added to the design and why. We couldn't be more happy to have been part of this process and hope Station Cape Charles wears their new emblem proudly. 

The Sword

In a litteral sense, the sword is representative of the sword that Lady Virture is holding on the Virginia State Flag. Abstractly, it represents the shape of the Eastern Shore of Virigina. And finally Conceptually, it represents the divider of good/evil, safety/harm, courage/fear etc...


Cape Charles Lighthouse Frame

In the sword's handle is a pattern mimicked by the frame of the Cape Charles Lighthouse, paying homage to the location of the Station.  


Cape Cobb Lifesaving Station

At the butt of the sword is a small silhouette of the old Cobb Island Life-Saving station, paying homage to the history of the area, where similar missions were completed by other brave men. 

Roman Numerals

The roman numerals ‘MMXVII’ translates to ‘1971’, which of course, is the year the Station started service. 



Thanks for checking out the project, and if you or your unit have a similar need, feel free to reach out! We'd love to work with you. 


SPARs to the rescue

When FDR signed into law the acceptance of women to the United States Coast Guard, the SPARs were born. These women replaced men at shore stations so they could be released for Sea Duty. These women volunteered their time and duty when their country needed them most to take over arduous tasks at both Officer and Enlisted levels. So I don't think we're alone when we give a big Bravo Zulu to the women who bare not one, but two United States Coast Guard Cutters.

 Photo Courtesy of the USCG

Photo Courtesy of the USCG