The U.S. Revenue Cutter Service cemented the role of the service in such missions as convoy duty, blockade operations, port security, coastal patrol and brown-water combat operations – missions that remain core competencies of the Coast Guard in future combat operations. The service’s operations during the Civil War also reinforced the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service’s reputation as a legitimate branch of the armed forces.
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Throughout the Civil War and its aftermath, U.S. Lighthouse Service men and women fulfilled their mission as members of the long blue line by operating lighthouses all along the East and Gulf Coasts. Other services rendered by the Lighthouse Service included buoys, aids to navigation, buoy depots, lightships and lighthouse tenders.
Learn more about the Coast Guard’s semi-submersible gunboat’s role in the American Civil War in Part 2 of the story.
During an era when vessels were transitioning from wood and sails to iron and steam, the Coast Guard’s predecessor service, the Revenue Cutter Service, experimented with a new kind of technology to fight in the American Civil War – a semi-submersible gunboat.
Another vessel has joined the ranks and earned the title “Coast Guard cutter.” However this isn’t just any cutter, it’s a fast response cutter. At 154-feet long, the ship has an impressive array of capabilities, including sustained speeds of more than 28 knots and an armament of a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four, crew-served .50-caliber machine guns. But more impressive than its technology, more impressive than its features, is the cutter’s namesake – Richard Etheridge.
Last week Compass told the story of Point Lookout Lighthouse and the ghost stories surrounding the historic building. Today we bring you the story of the Indian River Life-Saving Station. Do you think it is haunted? Read on and decide for yourself… Washington Vickers enlisted in the United States Life-Saving Service in 1878. By 1883,
Throughout the service’s history, stories of rescues at sea naturally evoked images of romance in hard times, but would anyone believe there are plenty of ghost stories associated with lighthouses and lifesaving stations? Read on as Coast Guard historian Nora Chidlow tells the story of Point Lookout Lighthouse and decide for yourself… Point Lookout Lighthouse,
The Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane forces the merchant steamer Nashville to show its colors during the attack on Fort Sumter, April 13, 1861. "The Cutter Harriet Lane Fires Across the Bow of Nashville" by Coast Guard artist Howard Koslow. Written by William H. Thiesen, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian April 12th will mark the 150th
For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer and an opportunity to gather with family and friends. For veterans and their families, it is a day of rememberance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country. As we head into the holiday weekend, we wanted to