Coast Guard Cutter Argo was the first in its class of 165-foot Coast Guard cutters put into service for prohibition enforcement in 1933. It was closely linked to Lt. Charles Eliot Winslow and bravely served throughout WWII. In part one of Argo’s story, the crew of the cutter witnessed an accident involving U.S. Navy patrol gunboat USS St. Augustine, and carried out an arduous search-and-rescue mission to save survivors of the accident.
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.
In part two of The Long Blue Line’s history of Cutter Bear, we learn about its venerable history bringing reindeer to Alaska in the Overland Expedition, its time in WWI and WWII. Read here to find out what happened to this cutter at the end of its time serving in the Coast Guard.
In 1900 a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, obliterating a lifesaving station and killing thousands. The storm unleashed winds of approximately 150 mph and the storm surge flooded the city. The station’s keeper and his crew had little forewarning of the storm, but they could sense that something was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Native Americans have participated in the Coast Guard and its predecessor services since the early 19th century, representing the second earliest minority group to serve in the Coast Guard. The first Native Americans known to serve in the Coast Guard were the Wampanoag in Massachusetts at Gay Head Lighthouse.
Minority men and women have served in the U.S. Coast Guard since the service’s beginning in 1790. Native Americans from a variety of tribes and locations participated in the Coast Guard’s predecessor services since the early 19th century, representing the second earliest minority group to serve in the Coast Guard.
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.