Bernard Webber's motor lifeboat CG-36500 returns to Chatham, Mass., after rescuing 32 crewmen from a sinking tanker, Feb. 18, 1952. This rescue was dramatized in the feature film "The Finest Hours" in 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Evolution of the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue mission

Those familiar with Coast Guard history know that the service’s development has been shaped in response to the nation’s natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that clearer than the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission. Major response efforts and evolving technology continue to influence the U.S. Coast Guard’s development as the world’s premier search and rescue organization.


A rare photograph of Keeper Joshua James and his U.S. Life-Saving Service crew posing in front of their surfboat. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Joshua James – U.S. Life-Saving Service Hero

Joshua James was not just a man of the sea; he was also a man of the surf. He was born in 1826 in Hull, located on the beaches south of Boston; and he would grow, reach adulthood and live out his days in Hull. And he would dedicate the majority of his long life to rescuing those imperiled by stormy weather and heavy seas in the waters surrounding that seaside town.


Coast Guard Cutter James enters the fleet

“Joshua James began his life-saving career at 15 and saved more than 600 lives,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “What better namesake for a ship and crew that will serve our Nation with pride for the next half century saving lives, stopping smugglers, maintaining safety and security in the Arctic and wherever national objectives may require.”


Crew aboard the new National Security Cutter: Coast Guard Cutter James

A cutter straight out of the shipyard always has kinks to work out, but each challenge is embraced by the crew as a new opportunity to build unit cohesion and bring the cutter closer to efficient operational service. It’s not just about getting the job done, it’s about doing the job well. Shared motivation, enthusiasm, and attention to detail, ensure the cutter will be ready for operational service for the crew of Coast Guard Cutter James.


I am Joshua James

With the introduction of the newest Coast Guard National Security Cutter, the Joshua James, we set out to find out what impact Capt. Joshua James has had on the modern-day Coast Guard. Here are a few Coast Guardsmen who serve today and bear his name, whether intentionally or by coincidence.


Who was Joshua James?

Who was Joshua James?

Legendary lifesaver Capt. Joshua James has come to represent the very embodiment of courage. And yet, it was a quality that James rarely spoke of. Today, the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, the Hull Lifesaving Museum, and now Coast Guard Cutter James will stand as monument to the man whose quiet courage saved so many lives.


225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Search and rescue

Those familiar with Coast Guard history know that the Service’s development has been shaped in part by the nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that lesson clearer than the history of the Service’s search and rescue, or SAR, mission.


Coast Guard Ancient Keeper: ‘We are going to chase perfection’

Ancient Keeper. It may sound like an insult, but for Master Chief Petty Officer Terry Lathrop, it’s his new well-deserved title. In a ceremony held last week, Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens, who retired from the Coast Guard with 30 years of service, relinquished his title of the Coast Guard’s Ancient Keeper to Lathrop during a special ceremony, which followed the station’s change of watch.


Charlene James Benoit, great-great niece of Capt. Joshua James, smashes a bottle across the bow of the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Supporting her are (left to right) Capt. Andrew Tiongson, the ship’s prospective commanding officer; Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. Photo by Lance Davis

Honoring a legacy of life-saving

“Joshua James exhibited a commitment to excellence that permeates the Coast Guard to this day,” said Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger. “He embodied the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty and the guiding principles articulated in our new Commandant’s Direction long before we ever wrote them down.”


Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” is selected as the service’s Top Cadence of 2013 during a ceremony aboard Training Center Cape May. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Top 2013 Cadence: Old Man James

Thanks to all of your votes, the top 2013 Coast Guard cadence has been selected! Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” was selected by fans of the service on Facebook and YouTube as the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence, winning the competition by more than 300 votes.


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