From the Bridge Wing 9-14-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1716 – The Boston Lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor, the first lighthouse established in America, was first lit.

1944 – The Great Atlantic Hurricane, a Category 3 hurricane, made landfall at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Long Island, New York, and Point Judith, Rhode Island.  Cape Henry, Virginia, reported sustained winds at 134 MPH with gusts to 150 MPH.  There were 46 civilian deaths and $100 million in damage from Cape Hatteras northward through the Maine coast.  Cutters Jackson andBedloe, and Lightship No. 73 on Vineyard Sound Station, foundered. All 12 of the lightship’s crew perished. Only 30 of the 78 crewmen on board the two cutters were saved.  Two Navy vessels also foundered.  A total of 344 perished at sea.

1989 – Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled the replacement for the Sikorsky HH-3F Pelican helicopter: the HH-60J.  The Coast Guard planned to purchase 33 of the new aircraft and decided to call their version of the versatile helicopter the “Jayhawk.”

1990 – The Secretary of Transportation and the Commandant of the Coast Guard authorized the first-ever deployment of a reserve port security unit overseas.  PSU 303, staffed by reservists from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the first of three PSUs deployed.  PSU 303 was stationed in Al-Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Blogs

Science Mission: Behind the Scenes – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Most Coast Guardsmen will tell you that running a Coast Guard cutter is a full time job. Engines and generators need constant attention, hungry mouths need to be fed, the bridge needs someone to keep the cutter headed in the right direction, and don’t even ask a deckhand about the constant battle between salt and paint.

Your health and safety: our only concern – Coast Guard Pacific Southwest blog

Have you ever been concerned about hazards in your workplace? Do your lower back, wrists, or eyes hurt at the end of a long work day? Do you work in a noisy environment or around potentially toxic chemicals? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the Coast Guard’s Health, Safety, and Work-life Service Center (HSWLSC) Detachment San Pedro, located on Terminal Island in San Pedro, Calif., wants to know.

Shipmate of the Week: MK2 Mark Costello – Coast Guard Compass blog

Just off U.S. Highway 1, 87 miles north of Key West sits Coast Guard Station Islamorada. Adjacent to Snake Creek, the unit’s surrounding turquoise waters and rows of sky-high palm trees present an illusory appearance. Islamorada looks like the perfect place to take a vacation, but with dozens of go-fast interdictions, 200 search and rescue cases and 600 recreational boating safety inspections annually, Islamorada’s crew doesn’t have time for rest and relaxation.

Elsewhere

Football Brings U.S. Coast Guard Academy And New London Schools Together – New London Patch

The United States Coast Guard Academy and the City of New London are celebrating a relationship that has flourished for more than 100 years. On Saturday, October 5, the federal service academy and its hometown community are partnering to host students from New London Public Schools and their families at a Coast Guard Academy Bears football game at Cadet Memorial Field.

2 Fishing Vessels Break Free From Their Mooring and Run Aground on Tinian Reef –  Pacific News Center

Agencies from Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and Guam are responding to two of three fishing vessels that broke free from their moorings in Tinian and have run aground on the reef. During the early morning of September 13, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report of two fishing vessels aground on Kammer Beach Reef, east of the port of Tinian. The cause of the incident is under investigation. There have been no reports of pollution or obstruction to the waterway.

Video

The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot barque, is shown moored in Downtown Portsmouth, Va., Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. The Eagle is a training ship used primarily for cadets and officer candidates. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill


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