Semper Paratus! U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 225 Years of Service

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday is celebrating 225 years of service to the nation. It was on this day in 1790 when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act, authorizing the construction 10 "revenue cutters" requested by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. It was later in 1915 that the … [Read more...]

Oil Spills After Tug Strikes Fuel Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey

The IMTT Bayonne terminal is a 600 acre full service complex at the confluence of the Kill van Kull and Upper New York Harbor, 10 miles south of Manhattan. Photo: IMTT

  The U.S. Coast Guard was continuing to monitor oil recovery operations in the water near the International-Matex Tank Terminal (IMTT) in Bayonne, New Jersey on Monday after a tug allided with fuel terminal pier over weekend. The Coast Guard said it was notified by IMTT personnel at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday from of an oil spill as a result of the … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boys Off Florida

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer inspects the 19-foot boat belonging to the boys, Sunday, July 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

  The U.S. Coast Guard is suspending its search in the Atlantic Ocean for two missing boys a full week since they were last seen in Jupiter, Florida buying fuel for their 19-foot boat. The active search for the missing teens continued on Friday during the day, but the Coast Guard said it decided to suspend the search as … [Read more...]

Fennica Investigation Findings Sent for Review

MSV Fennica. Photo: Shell Alaska

  U.S. Coast Guard investigators have sent for review their initial findings into what caused a 3-foot gash in the hull of Shell's arctic icebreaker Fennica during its stay in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The Finnish multipurpose icebreaker MSV Fennica was departing Dutch Harbor, AK for the Chukchi Sea on July 3rd when crew members and a licensed harbor pilot discovered a … [Read more...]

Search Continues for Two Missing Teens Off Florida

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The search continued Monday for two missing teens off the coast of Florida after the U.S. Coast Guard located their overturned boat on Sunday. The 19-foot single engine center console vessel was located Sunday morning during a search and rescue approximately 67 nautical miles east of Ponce Inlet, Florida. The two teens were last seen on Friday afternoon in the Jupiter, … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 225 Years of Service

The wreck of the Liberian tanker Argo Merchant off Nantucket, 1976. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

  By William Thiesen, Atlantic Area Historian, Coast Guard Compass Blog The U.S. Coast Guard has been the steward of the nation’s maritime environment since the 1820s. This mission dates back to 1822, when Congress tasked the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service with monitoring Federal forest preserves that provided specialized ship timber required for construction of U.S … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Evacuates 113 from Stranded Ferry

The Coast Guard rescued 113 people from a grounded charter vessel near Woods Hole, Mass., Tuesday at about 11:30 p.m.. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

  The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 113 people overnight from a grounded charter vessel near Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard says it received a 911 call at approximately 10:44 p.m. Tuesday saying the charter vessel Pied Piper ran aground near Grassy Island in Great Harbor with 106 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard. By 11:30 p.m., Coast Guard crews were … [Read more...]