Coast Guard Museum recognized for excellence in Yankee Magazine’s “Best of New England”

Coast Guard Academy News
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Museum has been recognized as a 2013 “Best of New England – Editor’s Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England.

This designation is awarded to select attractions by Yankee Magazine’s editors and contributors.

The U.S. Coast Guard Museum explores the history of the Coast Guard and its many missions from the founding of the Lighthouse Establishment in 1789 through the end of the 20th Century. Highlights include a massive fresnel lens from a Cape Ann, Mass. lighthouse; the original 1936 figurehead of the academy’s sail-training vessel the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle; a 16th Century Japanese sword surrendered to Gen. Douglas MacArthur by Imperial Japanese Vice Adm. Hisashi Nito, which MacArthur gave to the Coast Guard in recognition for their valiant service in the Pacific campaigns; and a Francis Life Car, an example of innovative design used to make rescuing lives at sea safer and more successful for the rescuers as well as the victims.

“Every one of the places we highlight contains an untold back story about someone striving for perfection, having a dream, and having the vision to make a difference,” said Yankee Magazine editor Mel Allen. “Those are the qualities we look for and reward when we say ‘Best of New England.’”

Yankee Magazine, a long-standing regional publication, was founded in 1935 and has a readership of 1.7 million people throughout New England.

The Coast Guard Museum is located on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy campus and open to the public free from:

September through May:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June through August:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1st and 3rd Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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