U.S. Coast Guard History
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The Revenue Cutter
Rush fires a
salute on Independence Day, 1901, at Dutch Harbor, Alaska
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U.S. Coast Guard, Revenue Marine & Revenue Cutter Service:
Guard History: An
illustrated narrative history of the U.S. Coast Guard [web] [pdf]
- "Moments in History:"
illustrated history of the Coast Guard published during the Bicentennial Commemoration in 1989.
of the United States Revenue Marine:" An article by Lieutenant Worth G. Ross
(who later became Commandant) entitled: "Our Coast Guard: A Brief
History of the United States Revenue Marine Service", Harper's
New Monthly Magazine, from November 1886 [pdf].
The First Cutter? "Forerunners of The Cutter Fleet"
Stephen H. Evans, USCG (Ret.) [pdf]
- "Commerce Ruled in "Old Guard':
Our humanitarian traditions aren't as traditional as you may have
thought. Behind almost every mission the Coast Guard carries out,
there was originally a profit motive--Congress wanted the Treasury
Department to build a commercially-healthy and wealthy America."
An article by GMCM William R. Wells, II
exploring the humanitarian history of the early revenue cutters--or the
lack thereof. Published originally in the Commandant's Bulletin,
Issue 4-84 (February 7, 1984), pp. 16-17.
- "Life Below Decks."
An article by GMCM William R. Wells, II discussing the habitability
for the enlisted crew of the early revenue cutters. Published originally
in the Commandant's Bulletin, Issue 16-84 (August 3, 1984), pp.
- "Two in the Belt: The
increase in law enforcement operations in the Coast Guard is not new to
the service. The Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor to the Coast
Guard, was involved in many such operations--from national defense to
chasing smugglers of salt." An article by GMCM William R. Wells,
II discussing the small arms carried on board early cutters. Published
originally in the Commandant's Bulletin, Issue 25-83 (December
9, 1983), pp. 14-15.
U.S. Lighthouse Service History:
U.S. Life-Saving Service:
An Interpretation of the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, Based
on its Annual Reports for the Years 1870 Through 1914
by Captain Robert F. Bennett, USCG (Ret.).
- Organization and Methods of the United States Life-Saving Service,
(a paper "read before the Committee on Life-Saving Systems and Devices,
International Marine Conference, November 22, 1889" by Sumner I.
Kimball, General Superintendent of the Service, and published on 5
January 1894 "for the information of officers and employees of the
Service and others interested." Washington: GPO, 1894).
U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service & U.S. Bureau of Navigation:
General Histories (by region, period, missions, etc.):
- Rum War At Sea, by Malcolm F. Willoughby USCGR (T), 1964 (reprinted
Publications and History: 2000
to the Present:
Heritage, Traditions & Miscellaneous: