Tag: U.S. Lighthouse Service

The Long Blue Line: Lighthouse tender and warship with the heart of a lion

Illustration of the Potomac Flotilla attacking Confederate fortifications at Aquia Creek, south of Washington on the Potomac in 1861. Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command.

In the early days of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, tenders were vessels equipped with lifting apparatus to deliver heavy cargo and construction materials to lighthouses. Such was the case with Lighthouse Tender Van Santvoort that was later renamed Coeur de Leon, meaning lion-hearted. The tender supported the construction of the famous Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse and aided in the development of hot air balloon technology.

The Long Blue Line: Lighthouse Service during the Civil War

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.

225 years of Service to Nation: Aids to navigation

225 Years of Service to Nation

The technology has changed over the years but not the mission: to safeguard the Nation’s waterways and the ships, craft and personnel that ply those waters, maintaining the nation’s economy by supporting, guiding and protecting the most efficient form of transport we have – our Nation’s waterborne commercial vessels.

225 years of Service to Nation: Coast Guard lineage

225 Years of Service to Nation

The mergers have not been easy, and some argue the process is still on-going, but the functions and expertise these agencies brought with them survive intact. They have made today’s Coast Guard what it is — the world’s premiere maritime agency.

Illuminating the path ahead


Women’s History Month is one of many celebrations that remind Americans of their identities and the impact of those who have gone before us. While Women’s History Month has come to an end, the Coast Guard continues to honor women and the contributions they have made to shape the service’s history. Kathleen Moore is one of these women.

Welcome to the fleet Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell

Norvell underway

She was a leader. She was a trailblazer. She was a lifesaver. She’s the namesake of the Coast Guard’s newest cutter – Margaret “Madge” Norvell. The Coast Guard welcomed their newest fast response cutter to the fleet this weekend as Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell was commissioned in New Orleans. The cutter is the first in its class to be named after a Coast Guard heroine.

In service to the light

In service to the light

Crewman of U.S. Lifesaving Service Station Umpqua River, Ore., in the station boat house in the 1890s. The two crewman are surrounded by lifesaving equipment of the era, and a remnant of the steamer vessel Tacoma, a famous shipwreck in the region, hangs above their heads. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by by Petty Officer

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Coast Guard Heroes: Kathleen Moore

Kathleen Moore

This Compass series chronicles the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit the way for sailors in times past, braved gunfire in times of war and rescued those in peril at sea. As Coast

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