Tag: rum runner

The Long Blue Line: Ensign Charles Duke and seizure of rum runner Greypoint

In 1925 during the height of Prohibition, Coast Guard Ensign Charles L. Duke make the most famous single-handed seizure in Coast Guard history. Duke gave no quarter to the crew of the SS Greypoint who were bound for Nassau with 1,400 50-gallon drums of alcohol worth an estimated half a million dollars.

Giving thanks – Chief Henry R. Roesing Sr.

At 76 years old today, I’m again reminded of my father, Henry Roy Roesing Sr., who almost made it to 69 years old. He was a colorful character. I heard his hair-raising sea stories, it seems, from before I could walk. They were often so wild and vivid I thought my active duty started before my teens. I never dared ask him, but I sometimes wondered, “Could this have really happened?”