Today in Coast Guard History – January 6th

  • 1934- The United States Line SS Washington came within inches of ramming the new Light Vessel No. 117 on the Nantucket Station. The liner scraped the lightship’s side, shearing off davits, a lifeboat, antennas, etc. Five months later the lightship was sunk by RMS Olympic with the loss of seven men.
  • 1973- The U. S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut, announced that its cadets were served “meals for the first time by female civilian employees.” The Academy had “recently became the first of the nation’s service schools to contract their food services to a civilian company.” Previously, CG personnel had done the serving.

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