Currently we are in the unusual position of having two ships named for this one man. WHEC-724, now renamed USCGC Douglas Munro commissioned on this day 47 years ago, and WMSL-755, USCGC Munro, a National Security Cutter commissioned in April 2017.
Coast Guard Compass brings us a great story, a wartime rescue of 42 men from a burning gasoline tanker.
Passing this along from Bryant’s Maritime Blog.
The Lighthouse Act was the ninth statute adopted by the First Congress of the United States. It provided for the voluntary cession by the various states of all lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers to the federal government and tasked the Secretary of the Treasury with building and maintaining the aids to maritime navigation. The Lighthouse Establishment (later named the United States Light House Service) is the oldest of the various components of the present-day United States Coast Guard, joining in 1939.
Cleveland.com has a story about efforts to turn the former Coast Guard Station Cleveland, abandoned in 1976, into an attraction.
Lots of photos of how it was (like the one above) and how it is now, cleaned up, but with much work still to be done.
Just wanted to mention a link I recently added to the “References” page. “Aircraft Used in Coast Guard Aviation” has photos and links to information about what appears to all the aircraft the Coast Guard has used throughout its history. This is a project of the Coast Guard Aviation Association.
A friend, Lee W., sent me some information on Pea Island and the Life Saving Service on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. More travel log than an organized post, but hope you find it interesting, as I did.
Oregon Inlet. The surge under the old bridge and through the inlet was wicked!
They tore the old high bridge down and built a combination causeway and bridge on the sound side. See below. The Station house that used to be on the spit of land to right. Now it has been restored at the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge.
Here is more about the Pea Island Life Saving Station & crew
In 1880 Captain Richard Etheridge, a former slave and Civil War veteran, was appointed as keeper of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station, 30 miles north of Cape Hatteras.
Benjamin Bowser, Jr., who served with the United States Life-Saving Service at the Pea Island Life-Saving Station from 1884 until his death in 1900 honored in a ceremony
USCG photo. World War I Pea Island surfman
Pea Island LSS cook house reconstructed in Manteo
Map of the US LSS stations
Map by Mark Anderson Moore, courtesy North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh
Sumner I. Kimball, Superintendent of the US Life-Saving Service 1871-1915.
The Midgett and Etheridge families are still on the Outer Banks
USCGC Richard Ehteridge WPC-1102