From the Bridge Wing 10-2-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1789 – Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton asked collectors of customs to report on expediency of employing boats for the “security of the revenue against contraband.”  Hamilton’s interest in such vessels led to his request to Congress to fund the construction of 10 such revenue “boats” the following year, leading to the creation of what is now the U.S. Coast Guard.

Blogs

Coast Guard on the move – Coast Guard Compass blog

The Coast Guard is responsible for maritime safety, security and stewardship. Performing these responsibilities requires a high level of training for Coast Guard men and women. The training is especially intense for Coast Guard law enforcement missions such as gaining compliance of potentially dangerous vessels fleeing from a violation of federal law.

The Great Exodus – Coast Guard Heartlantd blog

Normally, confiscated lanchas, fishing nets and dead fish populate empty parking spots of Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Texas. Evidence of a busy week keeping America’s waters sovereign and free of illegal fishing. When I arrived at the station on Sept. 17, the parking lot was unusually free of these tell-tale trophies. It was also oddly quiet. No crewmembers milled about, no sound at all except for the lapping of the waves on the shore and the occasional bird chirp. Not usual at all for one of the busiest stations in Texas.

Elsewhere

Ghost boat carrying marijuana lands on Fort Lauderdale beach – Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE — A small, center console boat with a black Bimini top that held 11 bundles of marijuana washed ashore on Fort Lauderdale Beach Monday without its captain or passengers.

Legion’s Coast Guard Woman of the Year is Sebring native – Highlands Today

TEXAS CITY -Make no mistake.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Paige Wyatt may be the only female in the 25-person U.S. Coast Guard team based in Texas City, Texas, but she works just as hard, possibly harder, than her male colleagues.

Video

Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews rescued 12 people after their 60-foot catamaran began taking on water and sank Oct. 1, 2013, 14 miles off Freeport. The aircrew arrived on scene at 9:45 a.m. to find the catamaran had completely sunk and the people were wearing their lifejackets, floating in the water. They deployed the rescue swimmer to assist them. (U.S Coast Guard Video.)

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