From the Bridge Wing 9-28-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1850 – An Act of Congress (9 Stat. L., 500, 504) provided for a systematic coloring and numbering of all buoys for, prior to this time, they had been painted red, white, or black, without any special system. The act “prescribed that buoys should be colored and numbered so that in entering from seaward red buoys with even numbers should be on the starboard or right hand; black buoys with odd numbers on the port or left hand; buoy with red and black horizontal stripes should indicate shoals with channel on either side; and buoys in channel ways should be colored with black and white perpendicular stripes.

1850 – An Act of Congress (9 Stat. L., 500, 504) gave legal authority for the first time for the assigning of collectors of customs to lighthouse duty. Section 9 of this act authorized the Secretary of the Treasury to assign to any of the collectors of customs, the superintendence of such lighthouses, beacons, lightships, and buoys as he might deem best. The act also stipulated that no collector of customs whose annual salary exceeded $3,000 a year should receive any compensation as disbursing officer in the Lighthouse Establishment and, in no case, was the compensation of the collectors of customs for disbursements in the Lighthouse Service to exceed $400.00 in any fiscal year.

1998 – An oil spill along the coast of California off San Francisco was traced to the 717-foot Liberian-flagged tanker Command.  A Coast Guard boarding team took samples of her cargo and matched it to that found along the coast.  A Coast Guard spokesman noted: “This is the first time the Coast Guard has pursued an oil spill investigation into the international arena to the extent of stopping and boarding a vessel on the high seas, with permission of the vessel’s flag state.”

Elsewhere

Columbia River Crossing gets green-light from U.S. Coast Guard – Oregon Live

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a permit Friday approving the proposed height of the Columbia River Crossing, one of the final hurdles for a $2.6 billion plan to revive the once-dead project.

Video

“The SAR Call” by Chief Petty Officer Walter Prim, Jr., is one of the Top 5 Cadences of 2013 to be released for public voting. The cadence details one of Prim’s first search and rescue cases attempting to rescue several fishermen from a burning vessel.

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