The Long Blue Line: Four missions that made Coast Guard Cutter Seneca famous

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Famous”-Class of medium-endurance cutters. Many may wonder why the modern Seneca’s namesake became “famous” until they learn of the original Seneca’s heroic 28-year career. Destroying derelict ships, saving lives in World War I, initiating the International Ice Patrol, and capturing rumrunners during Prohibition – these missions were a part of the first Seneca’s story.


The TOP SECRET story of Coast Guard code breaking

From its beginning as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790, the Coast Guard’s unique authorities and organizational culture of adaptability have allowed it to make great contributions to intelligence and to important military successes in our nation’s history.


The Long Blue Line: Quentin Walsh’s long, colorful career

Capt. Quentin Walsh experienced one of the most colorful careers in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. From chasing rumrunners, to enforcing whale treaties, planning D-Day operations and liberating a port during World War II, Walsh made his mark on our service.


An untold story

An untold story: Chief Petty Officer Karl Gustafson

It was April 2, 1925, and Chief Petty Officer Karl Gustafson was patrolling the waters of Block Island Sound for illicit cargo; he was in search of rum runners. Suddenly, a shadow appeared in the distance and a pursuit began. […]


Coast Guard commemorates first decade in the national intelligence community

Written by Lisa Novak, Coast Guard Public Affairs. How long does it take to get to a 10-year anniversary? About 221 years. December marks the Coast Guard’s 10th anniversary of its entrance into the national intelligence community, although many had […]


History – USCG Destroyers in Prohibition

Post written by Chris Havern, Staff Historian On January 17, 1920, “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof […]


The Coast Guard During Prohibition

For a great historical account of the Coast Guard’s role during the Prohibition Era, read this blog post over at EagleSpeak. Our duties then were not much different than our duties now protecting our borders from the smuggling of illegal […]