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The USLSS to the Rescue, 1880 by Lou Diamond

The USLSS to the Rescue, 1880 by Lou Diamond

A U.S. Life Saving Service crew heads out to assist a vessel in distress.

Ready for action

Ready for action

SEATTLE - Crewman of U.S. Lifesaving Service Station Umpqua River, Ore., pose for a photo in the station boat house in the 1890s. They are surrounded by lifesaving equipment of the era, and a remnant of the ste... More

Forty Mile Light by Robert Koch

Forty Mile Light by Robert Koch

40 Mile Point Light is located on the shore of Lake Huron in Michigan. The location is aptly named, being situated 40 miles southeast of Old Mackinac Point and 40 northwest of Thunder Bay. The lighthouse stati... More

Pea Island Lifesaving Crew Makes a Rescue by Roy la Grone

Pea Island Lifesaving Crew Makes a Rescue by Roy la Grone

The all black Pea Island Lifesaving crew rescues passengers and crewmen off the schooner E. S. Newman during a hurricane on October 11, 1896. The Pea Island Lifesaving Station was established in 1878 near Cape... More

Record of 1897

Record of 1897

U.S. Coast Guard records

Record of 1897

Record of 1897

U.S. Coast Guard records.

The McCulloch by Donald Phillips

The McCulloch by Donald Phillips

As part of Admiral Dewey's squadron, the Revenue Cutter McCulloch, on its first patrol, helped defeat the Spanish at Manila Bay. Commissioned in 1897, the McCulloch was the largest of a new breed of revenue cu... More

Hugh McCulloch by Donald Phillips

Hugh McCulloch by Donald Phillips

The Revenue Cutter HUGH McCulloch, as part of Admiral Dewey's squadron, is shown in action at the battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898.

Medivac at Forks

Medivac at Forks

SEATTLE - Lt. Govenor Brad Owen (pictured right) presents a certificate to members of Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., for their efforts in evacuating Stephen Gordon Gracey (center, with wife Kim) n... More

55th presidential inauguration

55th presidential inauguration

The Joint Task Force-Armed Forces Inaugural Committee Component Commanders Army Maj. Gen. Galen Jackman, Air Force Brig. Gen. Duane Lodrige, Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Willie Williams, Navy Reserve Rear Adm. Jamie... More

Lighthouse on Lynn Canal, Alaska by Margaret Graham Kranking

Lighthouse on Lynn Canal, Alaska by Margaret Graham Kranking

In February 1898, the three-masted passenger ship Clara Nevada, loaded with 800 pounds of gold and an illegal shipment of dynamite, ran aground and exploded at Eldred Rock, 20 miles southeast of Haines, Alaska.... More

Pea Island Boathouse dedication

Pea Island Boathouse dedication

MANTEO, N.C. - Pictured is a close up of a Beebe rocker keel type 26-foot wooden surf boat that was in the Coast Guard's service from approximately 1910-1939, and is now on loan from the National Park Service t... More

Coast Guard Museum Pacific Northwest

Coast Guard Museum Pacific Northwest

Captain' Gene Davis, head curator of the Coast Guard Museum Pacific Northwest, holds up a pillow case that shows the crew of the USRC Tahoma, which sank in 1914 after striking a reef off the Aleutian Islands, N... More

Atlantic City air show

Atlantic City air show

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Two Coast Guard rescue swimmers are hoisted aboard a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City after performing a search and rescue demonstration during the Thunder Over the Bo... More

Ice patrol

Ice patrol

TORBAY, Newfoundland, Canada - U.S. Coast Guard aircrew members from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., stand with wreaths that will be dropped over the final resting place of the RMS Titanic, approximately 375 ... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--Coast Guard Lt. Jody Popp points out icebergs while taking part in the International Ice Patrol. The International Ice Patrol was founded after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sa... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and youth volunteers unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving famil... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The M... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The C... More

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw prepares for Christmas Ship journey to Chicago

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw prepares for Christmas Ship journe...

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw load more than 1,300 Christmas trees onto the ship in preparation for its journey to Chicago, Nov. 20, 2012. The Mackinaw is once again serving as t... More

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

BOSTON - The 270-foot medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter Seneca sits moored at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in Boston as the sun rises over the city May 16, 2008. The Seneca and its namesake cutter a... More

Christmas Ship 2011

Christmas Ship 2011

LAKE MICHIGAN - Coast Guard Cmdr. Mary-Ellen Durley, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, and Merchant Marine Capt. George Lisner, a member of the Chicago Christmas Ship executive committee, throw a ... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--Iceberg sited by the International Ice Patrol. The International Ice Patrol was founded after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank April 15, 1912, killing 1,517 people. USCG pho... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The M... More

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

BOSTON - The 270-foot medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter Seneca sits moored at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in Boston as the sun rises over the city May 16, 2008. The Seneca and its namesake cutter a... More

Curtis F-Boat, circa 1915 by William Ellsworth

Curtis F-Boat, circa 1915 by William Ellsworth

The famous Curtiss "F" flying boat was used as a trainer for the first Coast Guard aviators. They were originally procured by the Navy beginning in 1912 and saw service through at least 1918, when they were re... More

Tampa Underway day 15

Tampa Underway day 15

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa is pictured here taking on fuel in Guantanamo Bay during a 23-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea, Feb. 17, 2012. The Tampa's deployment coincided w... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--Iceberg sited by the International Ice Patrol. The International Ice Patrol was founded after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank April 15, 1912, killing 1,517 people. USCG pho... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--(From Left) Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Batdorf, Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Davin, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeromy Sherrill, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus Jones and Lt. C... More

Mackinaw

Mackinaw

View of the White Shoal Light from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, as the crew of the cutter transit toward the Mackinac Bridge in Lake Michigan, Feb 9, 2013. The White Shoal Light was built in 1912 and ... More

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw prepares for Christmas Ship journey to Chicago

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw prepares for Christmas Ship journe...

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw load more than 1,300 Christmas trees onto the ship in preparation for its journey to Chicago, Nov. 20, 2012. The Mackinaw is once again serving as t... More

Titanic

Titanic

BOSTON -- One of two crates full of rose pedals sits on the buoy deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Juniper at Sector Boston, April 10, 2012. The Juniper crew will drop two crates of blessed rose pedals for the vic... More

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

BOSTON - The 270-foot medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter Seneca sits moored at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in Boston as the sun rises over the city May 16, 2008. The Seneca and its namesake cutter a... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago. The M... More

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw prepares for Christmas Ship journey to Chicago

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw prepares for Christmas Ship journe...

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw load more than 1,300 Christmas trees onto the ship in preparation for its journey to Chicago, Nov. 20, 2012. The Mackinaw is once again serving as t... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--(From Left) Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Conklin, Petty Officer 3rd Class Sara Weitkamp, Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Davin and Petty Officer 3rd Class Matt Youngs dedicate ... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--Coast Guard Lt. Jody Popp scans the horizon for icebergs while taking part in the International Ice Patrol. The International Ice Patrol was founded after the RMS Titanic struck an ice... More

International Ice Patrol members dedicate wreaths in memory of RMS Titanic victims

International Ice Patrol members dedicate wreaths in memory of RMS Tit...

AT SEA - Coast Guard Petty Officers Wade Mendenhall and David Luke, stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., dedicate wreaths at the site of the sinking of the RMS Titanic Friday, April 18, 20... More

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

BOSTON - The 270-foot medium endurance Coast Guard Cutter Seneca sits moored at Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in Boston as the sun rises over the city May 16, 2008. The Seneca and its namesake cutter a... More

Ice patrol

Ice patrol

NEW YORK - Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ken Farah, of the International Ice Patrol in New London, Conn., searches for icebergs from an observation window in a Coast Guard HC-130J Hercules aircraft, from ... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--Iceberg sited by the International Ice Patrol. The International Ice Patrol was founded after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank April 15, 1912, killing 1,517 people. USCG pho... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--Iceberg sited by the International Ice Patrol. The International Ice Patrol was founded after the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank April 15, 1912, killing 1,517 people. USCG pho... More

Ice Patrol by William Kusche

Ice Patrol by William Kusche

During a North Atlantic patrol, the Coast Guard Cutter Taney tracks icebergs. The Coast Guard has conducted the International Ice Patrol since 1913 in order to detect icebergs in North Atlantic shipping lanes ... More

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

INTERNATIONAL ICE PATROL

AT SEA (April 13, 2006)--(From Left) Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Batdorf, Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Davin, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeromy Sherrill, Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus Jones and Lt. C... More

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

Crew of Mackinaw unloads Christmas trees in Chicago

CHICAGO - Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw unload some of the 1,300 Christmas trees which were brought from northern Michigan earlier this week for distribution to deserving families in Chicago, while... More

Christmas Ship 2011

Christmas Ship 2011

LAKE MICHIGAN - Coast Guard Lt. George MacDonnell, executive officer of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, and Cmdr. Mary-Ellen Durley, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, stand with Merchant Marine Capt. Ge... More

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Kodiak, AK (Dec. 5)--Santa Claus and his helper, Kathy Gundersen, relax aboard a Coast Guard helicopter on their way to Karluk. Santa and his staff traveled on Coast Guard helicopters to eight remote villages o... More

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Kodiak, AK (Dec. 5)--Santa Claus receives a flight safety briefing from the pilots of a Coast Guard helicopter. Santa and his staff traveled to Karluk and Larsen Bay aboard Coast Guard helicopters Dec. 5. USCG... More

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Larsen Bay, AK (Dec. 5)--Santa Claus waves goodbye to the crowd of children and adults in Larsen Bay. Santa and his staff traveled on board Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Kodiak. USCG photo by PAC Ma... More

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

Kodiak, AK (Dec. 12)--Petty Officer Third Class John Timbes, from Air Station Kodiak, demonstrates the straddle Heimlich maneuver during the American Heart Association's Basic Life Saver Heartsaver course. USC... More

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

Kodiak, AK (Dec. 12)--During annual safety training, Air Station Kodiak personnel participate in the American Heart Association's Basic Life Saver Heartsaver course. USCG photo by SN C. J. Baynon

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

Kodiak, AK (Dec. 12)--A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crewman completes chest compressions on a mannequin during annual safety training. About 200 Air Station personnel participated in the American Heart Asso... More

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

ANNUAL HEART SAFETY TRAINING

Kodiak, AK (Dec. 12)--During annual safety training Air Station Kodiak personnel participate in the American Heart Association's Basic Life Saver Heartsaver course. USCG photo by SN C. J. Baynon

Search and Rescue Mission by George Cooper

Search and Rescue Mission by George Cooper

Since 1915, the service's maritime responsibilities have continued to grow and expand. The Coast Guard adapted by embracing its multi-mission role. All Coast Guard cutter's are multi-mission capable. They ma... More

Coast Guard Pilots First Plane to Cross the Atlantic Bay, 1919 by George Delaney

Coast Guard Pilots First Plane to Cross the Atlantic Bay, 1919 by Geor...

The Coast Guardsman, Lieutenant Elmer Stone, piloted this plane, the NC4, across what we know as the Atlantic Ocean today, but was often called the Atlantic Bay in the early days of flight. Stone was the first ... More

Cmdr. Elmer Stone, CG Aviator No. 1 by Ferdinand Petrie

Cmdr. Elmer Stone, CG Aviator No. 1 by Ferdinand Petrie

CDR Stone was a Coast Guard and Naval aviation pioneer who established a world speed record for amphibious planes and made history as one of the pilots of the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. St... More

Shinnecock Station by Gordon Wilcox

Shinnecock Station by Gordon Wilcox

The sun rises on Coast Guard Station Shinnecock, N. Y. on the Shinnecock Bay. The station was built in 1855 for the Life-Saving Service, which merged in 1915 with the Revenue Cutter Service to become the Coast Guard.

Grandfather of the Coast Guard by Agnes Davis

Grandfather of the Coast Guard by Agnes Davis

One of Alexander Hamilton's first ten vessels of the "Revenue Marine" about to overhaul a suspected smuggler. The painting suggests that the suspect is one of the smugglers in the habit of unloading valuable c... More

Seneca Attempts to Save Wellington by David Stone

Seneca Attempts to Save Wellington by David Stone

The Coast Guard Cutter SENECA places a damage control crew on board the torpedoed tanker WELLINGTON in an attempt to keep it from sinking September 16, 1918. (Permission to reprint this work must be obtained f... More

MSST 91105 Escorts CGC Eagle

MSST 91105 Escorts CGC Eagle

SAN FRANCISCO -- Crewmembers from Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91105 escort Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail in the San Francisco Bay here July... More

MSST 91105 Escorts CGC Eagle

MSST 91105 Escorts CGC Eagle

SAN FRANCISCO -- Crewmembers from Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91105 maneuver a 25-foot Response Boat Homeland Security craft as they prepare to escort Coast Guard cutter Eagle here July 22. Jointly... More

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Arrives in San Francisco

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Arrives in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- A 25-foot Response Boat Homeland Security craft from Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91105 escorts U.S. Coast Guard cutter Eagle, a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet... More

Coast Guard Assets Transit Through San Francisco Bay

Coast Guard Assets Transit Through San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S Coast Guard cutter Eagle, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tern and a 25-foot Response Boat Homeland Security craft from Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91105 transit through the San Franci... More

MSST 91105 Patrols SF Bay

MSST 91105 Patrols SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO -- Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91105 patrols the San Francisco Bay here July 22 in a 25-foot Response Boat Homeland Security craft. MSSTs are a relatively new U.S. Coast Guard anti-t... More

MSST 91105 Patrols SF Bay

MSST 91105 Patrols SF Bay

SAN FRANCISCO -- Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91105 patrols the San Francisco Bay here July 22 during a routine survey of the local area. MSSTS are a relatively new U.S. Coast Guard anti-terrorism t... More

Kathrine

Kathrine

This is a Coast Guard photo of Kathrine from April 18, 1923.

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf Meets Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf Meets Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf approaches U.S. Coast Guard cutter Eagle in the San Francisco Bay here July 23. This represents the first time the oldest built cutter and the newest built cutt... More

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Participates in Festival of Sail

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Participates in Festival of Sail

SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Coast Guard cutter Eagle participates in the Festival of Sail in the San Francisco Bay here July 23. Eagle, homeported in New London, Conn., is the only active commissioned sailing vessel ... More

Tug Underwriter

Tug Underwriter

The tug Underwriter was seized by the Coast Guard patrol vessels four times. On three occasions, liquor was found aboard the tug. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Lollypop

Lollypop

This is a scan of Cutter Yamacraw, Jan. 2, 1925.

Overfalls: Proud Sentinal of the Past by Rich Buchwald

Overfalls: Proud Sentinal of the Past by Rich Buchwald

The 102-foot lightship WAL-524, a mariner's marker serving on Overfalls from 1926-1951, now maintains a quieter vigil in its decommissioned status.

Poseiden

Poseiden

This is the Poseidon Dec. 7, 1927.

Coast Guard operations

Coast Guard operations

This is a Coast Guard ceremony.

Star of Falkland Rescue by Tom Hall

Star of Falkland Rescue by Tom Hall

The Coast Guard cutter Haida and the lighthouse tender Cedar prepare to rescue the passengers and crew from the sailing vessel Star of Falkland near Unimak Pass, Alaska on May 23, 1928. The Star of Falkland, a... More

SACRED FALLS

SACRED FALLS

Honolulu, HI (Aug. 28) - Coast Guard Rear Adm. J.J. McClelland Jr. pins the Coast Guard Medal on Petty Officer 3nd Class Jolyn Williams during a ceremony at the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command here to aw... More

Lightship Nantucket Sunk by RMS Olympic by Charles Mazoujian

Lightship Nantucket Sunk by RMS Olympic by Charles Mazoujian

One of the most monotonous, arduous and dangerous duties that the early Coast Guard performed was manning lightships. The Nantucket station, established in 1854, had become the major beacon that guided vessels... More

Hall PH-2 Flying Lifeboat,1936 by Gerard Provenza

Hall PH-2 Flying Lifeboat,1936 by Gerard Provenza

Beginning in 1934, the Coast Guard began using a specially designed "flying lifeboat" -- equipped with specialized equipment and capabilities for search and rescue duties and capable of operating up to 1,000 mi... More

Early Flight by Dante Bertoni

Early Flight by Dante Bertoni

An OL-5 amphibian airplane flies over St. Joseph North Pier Lights at Lake Michigan, 1926-1935. The Coast Guard purchased three Loening OL-5 amphibians in October 1926, soon after Congress appropriated $152,00... More

CGC Arbutus

CGC Arbutus

NEW YORK - Coast Guard Cutter Arbutus moored at the former Coast Guard Base at St. George, Staten Island, N.Y., circa 1965. The tender Arbutus -- the third cutter to bear this name -- entered service in 1933 a... More

Coast Guard Air Station San Diego

Coast Guard Air Station San Diego

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Diego was commissioned in April 1937. The first Coast Guard Air Station in California, the primary role of the crews operating there was patrolling the maritime border for drug ... More

Almost Neutrality by William Ellsworth

Almost Neutrality by William Ellsworth

In the 1938-1941 period -- just before the U. S. entrance into World War II -- all U. S. forces were on "Neutrality Patrol." However, with most personnel not enamored by Hitler, the official policy tended on t... More

Iceberg Patrol, Circa 1939 by William Ellsworth

Iceberg Patrol, Circa 1939 by William Ellsworth

A Hall PH flying boat conducts an International Ice Patrol overflight in the North Atlantic. Fourteen of the rugged bi-wing planes were used by the Coast Guard beginning in 1938 for patrol and rescue work in e... More

Picnic at Hillsboro Light by John Wisinski

Picnic at Hillsboro Light by John Wisinski

The Hillsboro Inlet light station was built in 1907. It has been given to a non-profit organization for historical preservation and public education. The Lighthouse Service, created in 1789, became part of th... More

Winter Storm Watch by Dorothy Roatz

Winter Storm Watch by Dorothy Roatz

The Lighthouse Service, created in 1789, became part of the Coast Guard in 1939. The tradition of ensuring the safe navigation of the seas that began with the running of lighthouses continues today. The Coast... More

Lighthouse Ruf Stuff by John Wisinski

Lighthouse Ruf Stuff by John Wisinski

The Lighthouse Service, created in 1789, became part of the Coast Guard in 1939. The tradition of ensuring the safe navigation of the seas that began with the running of lighthouses continues today. The Coast... More

Last Voyage: The Raritan by James Dyekman

Last Voyage: The Raritan by James Dyekman

The USCGC RARITAN was a 110-footer tug that was launched in 1939 and decommissioned in 1988. She distinguished herself with service out of Portsmouth, VA; Milwaukee, WI; Grand Haven, MI; and Governors Island, NY.

Abandoned Light House by John Wisinski

Abandoned Light House by John Wisinski

The Lighthouse Service, created in 1789, became part of the Coast Guard in 1939. The tradition of ensuring the safe navigation of the seas that began with the running of lighthouses continues today. The Coast... More

Hillsboro Light at Night by John Wisinski

Hillsboro Light at Night by John Wisinski

The Hillsboro Inlet light station was built in 1907. It has been given to a non-profit organization for historical preservation and public education. The Lighthouse Service, created in 1789, became part of th... More

USCGC Mahoning Fights Fire by William Kusche

USCGC Mahoning Fights Fire by William Kusche

The 110-foot MAHONING, a Coast Guard tugboat, approaches the burning "CHRISTINE E" to help fight the fire, rescue the crew if necessary and assist the ship to safety. The MAHONING served from August 1939 until... More

Where needed, we go by William Ellsworth

Where needed, we go by William Ellsworth

An OS2U Kingfisher sea plane enters a storm on search patrol. In service from 1940 through 1944, the planes patrolled for enemy submarines and scouted for and protected coastal merchant convoys.

Vought Kingfisher, Circa 1942, OS2U-3 by William Ellsworth

Vought Kingfisher, Circa 1942, OS2U-3 by William Ellsworth

The Vought OS2U Kingfisher, a scout and observation floatplane, began service with the Navy beginning in August 1940. They were built using spot welding. The Coast Guard flew both the OS2U-2 and OS2U-3 models... More

Umpqua River Lighthouse SAR equipment

Umpqua River Lighthouse SAR equipment

Coast Guard Station Umpqua River personnel pose for a photo on recently modernized search and rescue equipment near Winchester Bay, Ore., in the 1940s. Until recently, shore patrols were conducted on horseback ... More

Rokey aboard SPAR

Rokey aboard SPAR

Laura Rokey, a former Coast Guard SPAR, and Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, tour the ship while it was moored in Petersburg, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. Rokey, now 9... More

Rokey aboard SPAR

Rokey aboard SPAR

Laura Rokey, a former Coast Guard SPAR, discusses her time in the Coast Guard with Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, and female crewmembers during a visit to the ship whil... More

Rokey aboard SPAR

Rokey aboard SPAR

Ensign Paul Milliken, an officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, welcomes Laura Rokey, a former Coast Guard SPAR, and her family aboard the ship in Petersburg, Alaska, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. The women who ... More

Coast Guard Aircraft, Past and Present by Joseph Whitaker

Coast Guard Aircraft, Past and Present by Joseph Whitaker

(l-r, t-b) Loening OL-5 "Amphibious Biplane," 1926-35; experimental Curtis Flying Boat; Consolidated N4Y-1 "Biplane Trainer," 1932-45; Lockheed HC-130 "Hercules," 1959-present; Vultee SNV-1 "Valiant 54," 1940-4... More