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.

Conquering the ‘stairway to hell’

In the labyrinth and confluence of ladders, corridors and gangways aboard the 540-foot T. S. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cadet training ship, it was a “hellish” close quarters combat training for 15 members from four maritime safety and security teams from Boston, New York, New Orleans and Galveston, Texas. Training multiple law enforcement teams simultaneously is a rare and precious opportunity, so this particular event means a lot to the trainees and to unit commanders.

Bygone days returned

A mere blip on the chart just 26 miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Mass., the island of Nantucket greets the Atlantic Ocean as it makes its assault on the East Coast. Discovered in 1604, Nantucket has a rich maritime history of whaling expeditions and life-saving efforts aboard doomed ships. Volunteer lifesavers on the island in the 18th century later became members of the U.S. Life-Saving Service and eventually the U.S. Coast Guard, now operating at Station Brant Point.

Largest drug seizure in the 1st Coast Guard District’s history

If you speak with Coast Guardsmen from the 1st Coast Guard District – stretching from the Canadian border in Maine to northern New Jersey – about the missions they routinely perform, you will likely get a standard answer from just about every member: search and rescue, recreational boating safety, aids to navigation, ports waterways and coastal security, living marine resource enforcement and ice breaking. But if you ask the crew underway aboard Coast Guard Cutter Dependable last week, they would answer counter drug operations.


Cadets unfurl their sails: from the classroom to the seas

Every summer since 1974, 2nd class cadets, or juniors, at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., are given the opportunity to sail in the Coastal Sail Training Program providing them the chance to get in tune with their environment, hone their seaman’s eyes and understand the consequences of their decisions.


Shipmate of the Week – BMC William Lefever

Chatham is the only unit to operate the 42-foot Special Purpose Craft – Near Shore Lifeboat. The lifeboat was specifically designed for operating in shallow water, such as the conditions found on the Chatham bar where there are depths as shallow as four feet. The lifeboat is equipped with state-of-the-art wireless control systems and twin jet-drives. As a highly unique craft, the lifeboat requires a skilled operator at the helm, and no one is better at the helm than Chief Petty Officer William Lefever.

The 60th anniversary of the Pendleton rescue

Written by Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander of 1st Coast Guard District. It was Feb. 18, 1952, when Coast Guardsmen from the 1st Coast Guard District responded to a maritime disaster. During the height of a winter nor’easter, two World […]

itCG – Medevac, AMVER vessel rescues boaters, petroleum-based product spill, Flying Santa

[youtube QTRhvtt886E] This video illustrates the dangers of deploying a rescue swimmer and hoisting a person off of a vessel in 20-foot seas. This rescue took place on Saturday night when a Coast Guard helicopter medically evacuated a man off […]

itCG-SAR Controllers help rescue man, CGA football in the spotlight, security zone amendment, missing fishermen

When a 911 dispatcher called Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders to report a man was clinging to the hull of his capsized vessel, Guardians began to correlate his position based on their local area familiarization and his reported location. […]

itCG-OCS on the Eagle, kayaker rescued, teacher returns from CGC Healy adventure

Recently, officer candidates from Officer Candidate School (OCS) spent some time underway on the Coast Guard Barque Eagle working side-by-side with the Eagle’s crew learning about the ship, maritime culture, teamwork, and leadership. The 43 candidates included 17 women and […]

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