Today in Coast Guard History – December 29

  • 1897 – Congress prohibits killing of fur seals in the waters of the North Pacific Ocean.
  • 1903 – An Executive Order extended the jurisdiction of the Lighthouse Service to Guantanamo, Cuba.
  • 1999 – The 578-foot cargo vessel Violetta caught fire in the Houston ship channel. Twenty-three of her crew were rescued. The CGC Point Spencer spent several days fighting the fire on board the vessel.

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