Remembering Eastland

Remembering Eastland

In 1915, the ‘Act to Create the U.S. Coast Guard’ was signed, merging the Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Life Saving Service to form the modern-day Coast Guard. The merging of these two organizations formed a service whose unique capabilities would prove to be invaluable just six month later on the Great Lakes.

Coast Guard unloads more than 1,200 Christmas trees in Chicago

Carrying on a maritime tradition: Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw acts as Chicago’s ‘Christmas Tree Ship’

For the past 15 years, the annual re-enactment of the original Christmas Ship, Rouse Simmons, by Chicago’s maritime community and the Coast Guard has resurrected a storied tradition dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. People have come to know the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw as the modern day Christmas Ship, and some await its arrival the same way people did on the banks of the Chicago River more than 100 years ago.


‘Christmas Ship’ returns to Chicago

Loaded with more than 1,300 Christmas trees from northern Michigan, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw once again served as Chicago’s Christmas Ship, continuing a tradition from the late 1800s in Chicago and resurrected 13 years ago. The original Christmas Ship, the schooner Rousse Simmons, made the same transit down Lake Michigan each year, bringing trees and wreaths to the people of Chicago. Setting up shop along the Chicago River in downtown, Capt. Herman Shuenamann and his crew became a well known and expected group as each Christmas season neared.

NATO 2012: Coast Guard on watch

This story originally appeared at Coast Guard Great Lakes and was written by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, maritime security public information officer, 2012 NATO Summit. Coast Guard units from around the country are partnering with other federal, state and local […]

Not your average sleigh

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. With a Christmas tree tied to its mast and lights strung about like stars in the sky, Coast Guard Cutter Alder, homeported in Duluth, Minn., sat moored at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier. […]

Cutter Mackinaw continues “Christmas Ship” tradition

Post written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener. As the holiday season descends on Chicago and lights and decorations swathe the city streets, a Great Lakes icon sits along the waterfront at Navy Pier. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, […]

Guardians of the Week – BM2s Summers, Ray and SN Edwards

Coast Guardsmen often find themselves in a position to rescue others.  It usually happens on a boat or from the air, but two weeks ago our three Guardians of the Week, Petty Officers 2nd Class Chris Summers and Kevin Ray […]

itCG-Thanks, Pearl Harbor memories, search

Guardians from CGC Crocodile received an unexpected thanks from the 3-year-old boy rescued from a sailboat last week after being abducted by his estranged father. Luke Finch, his mom Christa and Grandmother Julie surprised the Coast Guard crew and other […]