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The Long Blue Line: Lt. Pease recounts the loss of Cutter Morris in the Key West Hurricane of 1846

Based on historical data, this University of Georgia map shows the storm track of Key West Hurricane of 1846 through Cuba and Florida Keys. (University of Georgia Extension)

Through the ages, many hurricanes have struck the Florida Keys, however, the Key West Hurricane of 1846 is believed to be one of the worst, destroying the city and killing over 250 residents. This recounting of the storm was written by eyewitness and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service officer, Lieutenant William C. Pease.

The Long Blue Line: Gunboat Cutter E.A. Stevens—the Revenue Cutter Service’s experiment in modern naval technology (Part 1 of 2)

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.

The Long Blue Line: Samuel Travis, Cutter Surveyor and the Battle of Gloucester Point

Master Samuel Travis and his men aboard the Revenue Cutter Surveyor are members of the long blue line who fought valiantly against overwhelming odds during the Battle of Gloucester Point.

Defending the rights we have today

Aboard Barque Eagle

The Coast Guard’s roots in America’s maritime history is a daily reminder to Coast Guard men and women of their service’s unique contributions to the nation. Arguably, nowhere is that more true than aboard Coast Guard Barque Eagle. Crewmembers aboard the current Eagle had a unique opportunity to reflect on the service’s storied past when they visited the site of an intense battle fought by their maritime forefathers nearly 200 years before.

Rising threat of drug subs in the Caribbean

Drug sub

Since 1890, anti-narcotic laws and smuggling threats have changed drastically, with transnational crime organizations using varying tactics and techniques including go-fast vessels and semisubmersible vessels to smuggle drugs into the United States.

Tensions leading to the War of 1812

Two hundred years ago, the United States, independent for less than 30 years, went to war with Great Britain to preserve its economy, its way of life and its independence. Beginning in 2012 and continuing through 2015, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of

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History: General Order No. 1

Written by Scott Price, Coast Guard historian. For more than 220 years, the U.S. Coast Guard, and its legacy services, has been part of the fabric of our nation. The service has gone by many names before being called the “U.S. Coast Guard,” and January marks nearly a century since two services joined to take

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Then and Now Part 1 – From Sails to Turbines

Post written by LTJG Ryan White USRC Massachusetts (typical form of early revenue cutters) Let’s wander back in time to a day in March, 1791, when the first U.S. cutter was launched. That cutter was the Revenue Cutter Vigilant, rigged as a schooner. Revenue Cutter Vigilant, first in the fleet and, of course, first in

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