The Long Blue Line: Rogue cutter James Madison and first Coast Guard POWs

In a high stakes gamble against the Royal Navy, revenue cutter James Madison’s captain George Books beat the odds for a time, but his luck eventually ran out. He sacrificed the freedom of his enlisted crewmembers, one of whom paid the ultimate price in England’s ghastly prison-ship system. Brooks and his men were members of the long blue line, who went down in history as the service’s first prisoners-of-war.

The Long Blue Line: Arctic Cutter Bear—“A symbol for all the Service represents” Part 2

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.

The Long Blue Line: Master Lee and the Fight for Eagle III

During the War of 1812, the Treasury Department required revenue cutters, such as the Connecticut-based Eagle, to enforce tariffs and trade laws, and protect American maritime commerce. Frederick Lee was one of the most noted revenue cutter captains at the time, bravely facing enemy fire against the Royal Navy. Revenue Cutter Eagle was the last cutter lost in the war.

The Long Blue Line: Samuel Travis, Cutter Surveyor and the Battle of Gloucester Point

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.

The Long Blue Line: Combat Captain Hugh Campbell and Cutter Eagle in the Quasi War, Part 2

The history of Capt. Hugh Campbell and Cutter Eagle during the Quasi War with France continues in this week’s edition of The Long Blue Line. Read here to learn more about Campbell and how he become one of America’s finest combat captains in the Age of Sail.

This painting held by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy shows Eagle re-capturing prize ships Nancy and Mehitable in May 1799. Coast Guard Academy Library.

The Long Blue Line: Capt. Campbell and cutter Eagle in Quasi War, Part One

In the late 1790s, the United States and Revolutionary France began fighting an undeclared naval war known as the “Quasi War.” With only a small naval force available at the time, U.S. authorities called on the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to protect American merchantmen and defend them against French privateers.

PATFORSWA: Guardians of the Arabian Gulf

Today, the Coast Guard is the nation’s oldest continuously serving sea-going service and conducts 11 different missions. One of those missions is Defense Readiness. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia is at the forefront of the Defense Readiness mission. Today, PATFORSWA’s mission is to train, organize, equip, support and deploy mission-ready Coast Guard Forces in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and national security objectives.

Coast Guard History 2016: How the Coast Guard became a military service

As the Coast Guard celebrates 226 years of proudly serving America on Aug. 4, we will highlight our long history of ensuring national security throughout the entire month of August. This blog is part one of our history series which will be featured every Monday in August. Join the celebration on social media by using hashtags: #HappyBdayUSCG, #CheersUSCG and #CGhistory.

The Long Blue Line: William Ham, Cutter Jefferson and the War of 1812

With the U.S. declaring war against Great Britain in 1812, Revenue Service cutters, the forerunner of the Coast Guard, set sail to assist with war efforts. As they would in future American conflicts, the revenue cutters went in harm’s way and participated in some of the first encounters of the war.

The Long Blue Line: The heroic actions of James “Hutch” Scott (Part 2)

Today we continue the story of James Scott’s heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

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