Articles, Information & Downloadable Files (PDFs, PowerPoints, etc.)
History of the U.S. Coast Guard, Revenue Marine & Revenue Cutter Service:
Coast Guard History, Publication CG-213 (published originally circa 1950).
"Moments in History:" An illustrated history of the Coast Guard published during the Bicentennial Commemoration in 1989.
Early History of the United States Revenue Marine Service or (United States Revenue Cutter Service 1789-1849) by Captain Commandant Horatio Davis Smith, 1932 (reprinted in 1989).
"History 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.
Some Unusual Incidents in Coast Guard History, prepared in the Historical Section, Public Information Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 1950.
The First Cutter?"Forerunners of The Cutter Fleet" by RADM Stephen H. Evans, USCG (Ret.)
"Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard, 1790-December 31, 1933"; an important official publication taken from Treasury Department records regarding the movements of all cutters of the Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard through 1933.
"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. 14-15.
"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:
1789: A history of the Lighthouse Act of 1789, written by the U.S. Senate's Historical Office.
The United States Lighthouse Service, 1915, Department of Commerce Informational Pamphlet(provided courtesy of Google Books).
U.S. Life-Saving Service History:
Sand Pounders: 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).
"The Evolution of the Life-Saving System of the United States From 1837 to June 30, 1892: An Outline of the Part Taken in its Development by the United States Revenue Marine"; written by First Lieutenant Charles Shoemaker, USRM, circa 1892 [pdf]
U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service & U.S. Bureau of Navigation History:
Steamboat Inspection Service: It's History, Activities and Organization, by Lloyd M. Short, Institute for Government Research, Service Monographs of the United States Government, No. 8, New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1922 (courtesy of Google Books).
General Histories (by region, period, missions, etc.):
Rum War At Sea, by Malcolm F. Willoughby USCGR (T), 1964 (reprinted 1972)
"Coast Guard Landline Communications: 1873 Through 1974"; Coast Guard Engineer's Digest (CG-133), No. 186 (Jan-Feb-Mar 1975), pp. 62-70 by CPO R. W. Eckel & CWO R. SNOW, USCG. This article describes the Coast Guard's early development and use of telegraphic and telephonic communication ashore.
Publications and History: 2000 to the Present:
America's Coast Guard: Safeguarding U.S. Maritime Safety and Security in the 21st Century. Bruce Stubbs & Scott C. Truver. Center for Security Strategies and Operations (CSSO) Systems Engineering Group, Aneteon Corporation, Arlington, VA, 2000.
Admiral Thad Allen's 2008 speech to the DHS Fellows Program in which he discusses the formation and early history of DHS.
Heritage, Traditions & Miscellaneous:
Flags (including service emblems, logos, pennants, seals & streamers)
"The History of the 'Racing Stripe' Emblem and Brand Identity for World Sea Services and Coast Guards: The History of the 'Racing Stripe' Emblem and Brand:Part I: The United States Coast Guard," by William H. Thiesen & "Part II: The Rest of the World" by Christian Ostersehlte. Published in Sea History 139 (Summer 2012), pp. 28-33.
"[Letter] To be read at muster of the officers and crew on board each vessel of the Revenue-Cutter Service in accordance with the provisions of article 913 of the Regulations" on every August 4th regarding the official birthday-anniversary message of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service (1907 & 1909 messages).
Shots That Hit: A Study of U.S. Coast Guard Marksmanship, 1790-1985,
by Master Chief Gunner's Mate William R. Wells, II, USCG (Ret).
"Chicago's Christmas Ship": the CGC Mackinaw's historic role as the Windy City's "Christmas Ship."
CDR Patrick T. Kelly, Department of Leadership & Management, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. "Charting Progress: The Assessment of Core Values in the U.S. Coast Guard." A paper prepared for presentation to the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics, Washington, DC, January 28-29, 1999.
The Revenue Cutter Rush fires a salute on Independence Day, 1901, at Dutch Harbor, Alaska.