The Birth of the Modern Coast Guard and the Loss of the Cutter Blackthorn

The Birth of the Modern Coast Guard and the Loss of the Cutter Blackthorn
January 28th is a historic and tragic day in the history of the United States Coast Guard. On January 28, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the “Act to Create the Coast Guard,” an act passed by Congress on January 20, 1915 that combined the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service to form the Coast Guard (38 Stat. L., 800). The Coast Guard, however, still considers the...

Coast Guard holds annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg

Coast Guard holds annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg
The Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn bell tolls honoring fallen shipmates during the 38th annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Michael Clark) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Coast Guard crewmembers, survivors, family members, and community members from around the Tampa Bay area commemorated the 38th anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter...

Coast Guard honors fallen shipmates from Blackthorn tragedy

Coast Guard honors fallen shipmates from Blackthorn tragedy
A bugler plays taps during the 37th annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg, Friday, Jan. 27, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard honored 23 fallen crew members Friday in St. Petersburg during the 37th anniversary memorial service of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision. The Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn...

Coast Guard to hold annual Blackthorn memorial service

Coast Guard to hold annual Blackthorn memorial service
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a memorial service Friday in remembrance of the lives lost during the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision. The 37th anniversary memorial ceremony will consist of an aerial salute by aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, posting of the colors and a reading of all the lost crew members’ names. The ceremony will begin...

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy, honors fallen crewmembers

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy, honors fallen crewmembers
A wreath at the 36th annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard honored 23 fallen crewmembers during the 36th anniversary memorial service of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision, Thursday in St. Petersburg. The Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn sank after colliding with...

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guardmen from the surrounding area, along with families of crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn and numerous other guests attended the 35th annual Blackthorn memorial ceremony near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wednesday. The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan. 28, 1980....

Coast Guard holds annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coast Guard holds annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guardsmen, survivors, family members, and community members from around the Tampa Bay area commemorated the 34th anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn tragedy, Tuesday, at Blackthorn Memorial Park in St. Petersburg. Tuesday’s ceremony consisted of an aerial salute by aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, remarks by Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr.,...

Coast Guard hosts dedication ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg in honor of Blackthorn crewmember

Coast Guard hosts dedication ceremony at Sector St. Petersburg in honor of Blackthorn crewmember
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crewmembers hosted a building dedication ceremony and honored a fallen shipmate at the sector, Monday. The dedication of the Frank J. Sarna Patrol Boat Support Building and Fitness Center was in honor of Ensign Frank J. Sarna III, an officer assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn at the time of the cutter’s sinking January 1980. After...

Coast Guard honors fallen Blackthorn shipmates

 Coast Guard honors fallen Blackthorn shipmates
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Families and Coast Guard members gathered at the 33rd annual service of remembrance honoring the lives of those lost in the sinking of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn at the Blackthorn Memorial Park here, Monday. The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan 28, 1980. The Blackthorn lost 23 of 50 crewmembers during the...