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Guardians from the Rankin remove the Francis Scott Key buoy from its location in the Patapsco River. The buoy marks the spot where Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner.” The Rankin is responsible for the annual placing of the buoy in the spring and removing it in the fall. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill) Click on the image to read more.

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Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender homeported in Baltimore, prepare to remove the Francis Scott Key buoy from its location in the Patapsco River Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. The Rankin is responsible for the annual placing of the buoy in the spring and removing it in the fall. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill.

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