Today in Coast Guard History – January 9th

  • 1844-The first published and systematic report of the Revenue Marine Bureau was made on 9 January 1844. It reported 15 revenue schooners in the Revenue Marine varying in size from 60 to 170 tons and stationed at Eastport, Portland, Boston, Newport, New York, Delaware Bay, Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Key West, Mobile, New Orleans and Lake Erie.
  • 1945- Coast Guardsmen participated in the Invasion of Luzon in the Philippines.
  • 1952- The SS Pennsylvania broadcast that she had sustained a 14-foot crack in her port side. A tremendous sea was running, and the wind exceeded 55 miles per hour. The master advised that the vessel was foundering and that 45 men were abandoning ship in four lifeboats 665 miles west of Cape Flattery, WA. The Coast Guard used all the facilities at its command in the area, as well as coordinating the use of U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Royal Canadian Air Force facilities in an attempt to locate and rescue the survivors of the vessel. Fifty-one aircraft from all services and 18 surface vessels participated in the search. Some of the debris was located, including one over-turned lifeboat, but no survivors were found.

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