First "standard" version pulling surfboat adopted by the Life-Saving Service in the early 1870s, with design based on square-stern surf fishing boats then in common use along the coast of New Jersey. Photo courtesy of life-savingservice.org.

A little piece of Kimball’s legacy of standardization

Lt. Brendan Rogers was researching a figure in Coast Guard history for a presentation on organizational change when he came across a letter written by the Honorable Sumner Kimball. Kimball was an administrator whose work was pivotal in standardizing and organizing the U.S. Life-Saving Service that soon merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to form what we know today as the U.S. Coast Guard.


225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Search and rescue

Those familiar with Coast Guard history know that the Service’s development has been shaped in part by the nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that lesson clearer than the history of the Service’s search and rescue, or SAR, mission.


100th anniversay of Modern-Day Coast Guard

Celebrating Coast Guard history: 100th anniversary of the “Act to create the U.S. Coast Guard”

100 years ago today, from his office in the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., Captain-Commandant Ellsworth P. Bertholf, head of the now-former U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, or USRCS, ordered his Chief Clerk to send telegrams or radio messages to all offices, stations and cutters around the country announcing the official news of the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard.


Ancient Keeper cover

Ancient history

Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens was honored today with the Joshua James Ancient Keeper Award as Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein, the former Ancient Keeper, retired from the Coast Guard. The Ancient Keeper is a title presented to an active duty Coast Guard member in recognition of their longevity in command of a boat force unit and outstanding performance in boat operations.


Chief Warrant Officer Mullinax

Shipmate of the Week – CWO James Mullinax

Coast Guard small boat stations are at the very root of our Service. Since the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the proud men and women who man these units put a public face to the U.S. Coast Guard and are ready to […]


U.S. Life-Saving Service

History – Milestones of the U.S. Life-Saving Service

Post Written by William H. Thiesen, Ph.D., Atlantic Area Historian Coast Guard history has been shaped in no small part by the nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that lesson clearer than in the evolution of the […]


itCG-a swimmers warning, CG station recognized, Make A Wish, the barge is free

A second death occurred on Lake Erie late Thursday night. This story is another strong and serious reminder of the importance of knowing the water conditions before swimming, of wearing a life jacket, and of never swimming alone. Story here […]