From the Bridge Wing 8-30-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1852 – Congress passed the Steamboat Act which established the Steamboat Inspection Service under the control of the Treasury Department (10 Stat. L., 1852).  The Act provided for the appointment, by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, of nine supervising  inspectors.  These men, experts in the construction and operation of commercial craft, were paid by the Government.  They were to meet once a year for the purpose of consultation and the promulgation of regulations governing the administration of the applicable laws, assigned territory being covered by each of them.  Local inspectors, acting under the supervising inspectors, were authorized to issue licenses to engineers and pilots of passenger vessels.  Inspectors were now on salary, the amount depending on the number of vessels inspected in each district, the source of which was receipts from fees for inspections and licenses.

1872 – The Neptune Line steamer Metis sank in 30 minutes off Watch Hill, Rhode Island.  Of 104 passengers and 45 crew, only 33 survived.  A coasting schooner struck the Metis, which had a full passenger list and cotton cargo bound for New England textile mills.  Captain Daniel Larkin (retired light keeper and one of the first Life-Saving Station captains), Captain Jared Crandall (light keeper), and lifeboat crewmen Albert Crandall, Frank Larkin, and Byron Green launched from the Life-Saving station.  Boat Captain John Harvey and crewmen Courtland Gavitt, Edward Nash, Eugene Nash, and William Nash saw the collision and launched a fishing seine from the beach.  The lifeboat and seine rescued 32.  Revenue cutter Moccasin from Stonington, Connecticut, met the boats, took their passengers, and located a survivor.  The Moccasin and seine continued to search until dark.  Participants were awarded Certificates of Heroism from the Massachusetts Humane Society and gold medals, minted to commemorate the rescue, by Congressional resolution, February 24, 1873.  The event signified the growing interaction among the members of the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, and the Revenue Cutter Service, a factor that led to the later merger of the three services.

1941 – Coast Guard JRF-1 Grumman “Goose” V-184 was sent to Midland, Texas, for a photographic flight in cooperation with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration.

Blogs

A fireman’s fight – Coast Guard Compass blog

Fireman Christopher Demaree embarked on his journey to become a Coast Guardsman when he arrived at boot camp in January 2011. Eight weeks later, he reported for duty at his first unit, Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

Recruit Journal Oscar 188 Week: 06 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog “Looks like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.”

Today was a rather long day of classes. Both hazing and CPR classes, very important subject in the Coast Guard.  “There’s no room for hazing in the Coast Guard anymore.” It was reassuring to hear that. As well as learn and understand what hazing is and how to take care of it if the situation arises.

Military benefits extended to same-sex spouses of military members – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Rear Adm. Daniel A. Neptun announced, beginning Sept. 3, members with same-sex spouses can present a valid state marriage certificate to their admin/SPO for processing to receive all spousal/dependent benefits, including BAH at the with-dependents rate. All benefits will be retroactive to the date of marriage or the date of the Supreme Court ruling, whichever is later.

Elsewhere

FEMA, Coast Guard cleaning up Houston River – KPLCTV.com

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard are cleaning the Houston River. The clean up started on Aug. 15. Residents say the stretch in Sulphur hasn’t been cleaned since Hurricane Rita.

Maritime Museum Fundraiser Honors Coast Guard and Its Forerunner – The Sandpaper

 “For Those in Peril: a Tribute to the U.S. Lifesaving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard” is the theme of the Museum of New Jersey Maritime Museum fundraiser scheduled in Beach Haven Saturday, Sept. 14, 5-11 p.m.

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