From the Bridge Wing 10-11-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1896 – The crew of the Pea Island (North Carolina) Life-Saving Station, under the command of Keeper Richard Etheridge, performed one of their finest rescues when they saved the passengers and crew of the schooner E.S. Newman, after that ship ran aground during a hurricane. Pushed before the storm, the ship lost all sails and drifted almost 100 miles before it ran aground about two miles south of the Pea Island Lifesaving Station. Etheridge, a veteran of nearly twenty years, readied his crew. They hitched mules to the beach cart and hurried toward the vessel. Arriving on the scene, they found Captain S. A. Gardiner and eight others clinging to the wreckage. Unable to fire a line because the high water prevented the Lyle Gun’s deployment, Etheridge directed two surfmen to bind themselves together with a line. Grasping another line, the pair moved into the breakers while the remaining surfmen secured the shore end. The two surfmen reached the wreck and tied a line around one of the crewmen. All three were then pulled back through the surf by the crew on the beach. The remaining eight persons were carried to shore in this fashion. After each trip two different surfmen replaced those who had just returned. For their efforts the crew of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal in 1996.

1897 – Property saved at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. During a severe storm the surf threatened to wash away a fish house, with valuable nets and other gear. Surfmen saved the property and took it to a place of safety. They also assisted the Cape Hatteras lighthouse keeper to remove the lighthouse’s Fresnel lens to a secure place as the lighthouse was in danger of being knocked down by the sea.

Blogs

Flash media – small, but deadly … to computer systems – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Removable flash media are small, quick and convenient. They can store up to one terabyte of information, making them convenient for storing and transporting pictures, music and files. Removable flash media include USB thumb drives, compact flash, smart media, secure digital (that’s what the “SD” stands for on the card in your phone and camera), multi media cards and memory sticks. This media is typically used in portable devices such as smart phones (e.g. Android & iPhone), tablets, digital cameras, portable music players, USB thumb drives, etc.

Aids to Navigation Team assists with Fresnel lens removal – Coast Guard Pacific Southwest blog

The Aids to Navigation Team in Los Angeles – Long Beach (ANT LA – LB) has only one Fresnel lens left in service, a statement that might make you ask, “What is a Fresnel lens?”

The science of safety – Coast Guard Compass blog

Inside the thick red hull of Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a multitude of crewmembers, scientists and support staff hustle to and fro, performing their various jobs in preparation for operations during Arctic Shield 2013.

Coast Guardsman convicted in general court-martial – Coast Guard All Hands blog

A Coast Guardsman charged with attempting to commit sexual abuse of a child, failure to obey a lawful order, indecent conduct with a child and possession of child pornography was sentenced by a military judge to seven years confinement, a bad conduct discharge, total forfeitures of all pay and allowances and reduction in pay grade to E-1. The general court-martial was held Oct. 4, 2013, at 17th Coast Guard District Headquarters in Juneau, Alaska.

Elsewhere

U.S. Coast Guard Band recital series kicks off season Oct. 27 – The Day

New London — The United States Coast Guard Band Recital Series kicks off its new season with a performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, in Leamy Concert Hall at the Coast Guard Academy.

Video

Coast Guard rescue crews rescued two fishermen from a grounded vessel near Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., Thursday at approximately 6 a.m.

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