Happy Birthday Coast Guard

On this date in 1790, Congress authorized the Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s proposal to build ten cutters to protect the new nation’s revenue (Stat. L. 145, 175). Alternately known as the system of cutters, Revenue Service, and Revenue-Marine this service would officially be named the Revenue Cutter Service (12 Stat. L., 639) in 1863. The cutters were placed under the control of the Treasury Department. This date marks the officially recognized birthday of the Coast Guard.

The crew of my old ship, the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, sends out a Happy Birthday to the Coast Guard from somewhere off the coast of West Africa.

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