The Long Blue Line: Hamilton’s grand experiment—230 years of the U.S. Coast Guard!

William Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.                                     Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper #12 (November 27, 1787) In the above quote, author Alexander Hamilton first described a fleet of federal vessels that

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The Long Blue Line: Hurricane Katrina and the Coast Guard set records 15 years ago!

William H. Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area Hurricane Katrina began the modern era of North American superstorms as part of the record-setting 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. The tropical depression that developed into Katrina formed over The Bahamas on Tuesday, August 23, 2005. By the weekend, evacuations were underway all along the Gulf Coast. Early

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The Long Blue Line: BMCM “Big Wave” Dave Duren–leader, mentor and FRC namesake

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class William A. Bleyer, United States Coast Guard Duren’s peers considered him an outstanding boat driver who operated with common sense and a great respect for the sea. He never asked anything of his crew that he hadn’t already done or was willing to do at the time.                 PA1 Levi A. Read,

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The Long Blue Line: Ocean Station—Coast Guard’s support for the Korean War 70 years ago!

Scott T. Price, Chief Historian United States Coast Guard After 21 days of being slammed around by rough cold sea swells 20 to 50 feet high, and wild winds hitting gale force at times, within an ocean grid the size of a postage stamp, you can stand any kind of duty. Coast Guard Ocean Station

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The Long Blue Line: Mrs. Friedman—the Coast Guard’s “Cryptologist-in-Charge” and NSC namesake

By 1931, Friedman had trained T-Men to use new radio direction finders. They mounted them on Coast Guard radio detection trucks to track the rum runners’ pirate radio stations. She also persuaded the Treasury Department to give her a team of analysts. She interviewed and hired three men, then trained them in the latest codebreaking methods.

The Long Blue Line: Great Galveston Hurricane—Coast Guard’s first superstorm 120 years ago

Chart showing the track of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. (Library of Congress)

In early September of 1900, a hurricane of massive force struck the Gulf Coast west of Galveston, Texas. The Great Galveston Hurricane would prove far deadlier than any man-made, environmental or weather-related disaster in U.S. history, with approximately 8,000 killed in Galveston and roughly 2,000 more lost in other parts of the Gulf Coast.This death toll is greater than the combined casualty figure for the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in 2008.