The Coast Guard’s Great War Challenge–USNI Naval History Magazine

Miami-class cutter USCGC Tampa photographed in harbour, prior to the First World War. Completed in 1912 as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Miami, this ship was renamed Tampa in February 1916. On 26 September 1918, while operating in the English Channel, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine UB-91. All 131 persons on board Tampa were lost with her, the largest loss of life on any U.S. combat vessel during the First World War. Official U.S. Navy photo NH 1226 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command

The latest issue of the US Naval Institute’s Naval History Magazine has a nice summary of the Coast Guard’s First World War experience, written by Coast Guard Atlantic Area’s historian Dr. William H. Thiesen. It is available to anyone on line here. 

USCGC Seneca. US Goast Guard photo.

2 thoughts on “The Coast Guard’s Great War Challenge–USNI Naval History Magazine

  1. Notice the article is old news. It follows the repetitious style all all previous accounts. There is no new or original research in the piece. Even the Larzalere book is a repeat of the unpublished manuscript from post-war Coast Guard of 1919. Robert Johnson followed too.

    So far, no one has written about the impact of the war on the Coast Guard. No one asks why the majority of Coast Guard officers wanted to stay with the Navy when the takeover subject arose.

    I believe Capt. Godfrey Carden’s shake up of the Port of New York was a significant subject missed in past histories.

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