Between the Lines: Seamanship and the art of storytelling

Just as Coast Guard history is inconceivable without knots, seamanship is inconceivable without storytelling. In a world of constant innovation, the ancient practice of oral and interactive instruction preserves the human aspect of Coast Guard tradition. For the crew of Station Bodega Bay, storytelling is about more than salty sailors sharing sea stories. It’s about giving context to theory and keeping the Coast Guard legacy of lifesaving alive.

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Four generations of Eagle

As Coast Guard Cutter Eagle pulled into port July 7, the crew was anxious with excitement. Not only were they pulling into their hometown, but they were sailing alongside four generations of Eagle’s commanding officers – past, present and future. With Capt. Eric Jones, the 26th commanding officer, at the helm, the ship led the parade of sail toward Fort Trumbull. The mood was bittersweet, however; it was the last time he would moor the 295-foot barque before his change of command.