Coast Guard cutter to be named for Joshua James

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Joshua James is one of the service's most celebrated lifesavers credited with saving hundreds of lives from the age of 15 when he first joined the Massachusetts Humane Society until his death at the age of 75 while on duty with the U.S. Life-Saving Service.  He was honored with the highest medals of the Humane Society, the United States, and many other organizations.  His father, mother, brother, wife, and son were also heroic lifesavers. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Joshua James is one of the service’s most celebrated lifesavers credited with saving hundreds of lives from the age of 15 when he first joined the Massachusetts Humane Society until his death at the age of 75 while on duty with the U.S. Life-Saving Service. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Last week, the Coast Guard announced that the fifth of eight planned national security cutters would be built and named in honor of service legend Joshua James – credited with saving more than 600 souls along the New England coastline over a nearly 60-year career in the U.S. Life-Saving Service.

“Our new national security cutters are being named after legends who define the 221-year legacy of our service,” said Rear Adm. John Korn, assistant commandant for acquisition. “It seems only fitting for a cutter that will protect the lives of millions of Americans to bear the name James.”

The 418-foot national security cutter is the newest addition to the Coast Guard fleet with an operational range of 12,000 nautical miles, a top speed of 28 knots and capable of extended 90-day patrols at sea.

“With their unmatched combination of range, speed and ability to operate in extreme weather conditions, the case for the national security cutter is simple – we are a safer and more secure nation when they are patrolling the high seas,” said Korn. “From South America to the Bering Sea on missions ranging from counter-drug and homeland security operations to search and rescue, these cutters do what no other ships in America’s fleets can.”

Two national security cutters, Bertholf and Waesche, are currently commissioned Coast Guard cutters. Stratton, currently in the hands of the crew, will be the third NSC commissioned in Spring 2012 with Hamilton entering the fabrication stage in Pascagoula, Miss., last month.

Click here to learn more about the national security cutter.

Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf and Waesche steaming together off the coast of southern California. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.
Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf and Waesche steaming together off the coast of southern California. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

4 comments on “Coast Guard cutter to be named for Joshua James”

  1. It’s great to hear that  one of the Coast Guard’s newest Cutters will be names after joshua james I had been assigned to Station pt. allerton  which he was the first keeper..

  2. This is fantastic! I am a descendant of Joshua James as well as some of Hull, Massachusetts greatest lifesavers from the Massachusetts Humane Society(MHS). I just participated in a ceremony at his grave on July 27th in Hull. The Hull Lifesaving Museum, former Lifesaving station and later, USCG station Point Allerton (until the late ’60’s), devotes a lot of exhibits to James and the MHS. My dad is a USCG vet, and I am in the Navy Reserves. We would love to attend the commissioning ceremony. It would be a wonderful thing if she was commissioned in Hull or Boston.

  3. I am a descendant of Joshua James, and just participated in a graveside service at his grave in Hull, Mass. This ceremony is hosted by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, which, notably, is the former Lifesaving station manned by James and his crew of the Massachusetts Humane Society (MHS). The ceremony honors the members of the USLSS, the MHS and the USCG. Many of my ancestors were a part of the MHS. It is a tremendous honor to be a part of this ceremony, and now to find out that the USCG is commissioning a ship in James’ memory is just incredible. My dad is a USCG veteran, and I am in the Navy reserves, and we would love to be present when she is commissioned. I hope that you will be able to commission her at Boston or Hull.

    1. Hi Lisa, I work at Ingalls Shipbuilding, where we are beginning preparations for the Christening of James. Can you please contact me at sheila.kowalewski@hii-ingalls.com?
      Thanks!
      Sheila Kowalewski
      Special Events, Social Media & Web
      Ingalls Shipbuilding

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