US Coast Guard photo via USCG New York facebook page

 

225 years ago, President George Washington signed a bill that would be the beginning of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The bill, proposed by Alexander Hamilton, authorized the construction of 10 cutters that would enforce tariff and trade laws and protect and help defend the new nation’s coastal regions from smugglers. [The Maritime Executive]

US Coast Guard photo via The Maritime Executive

 

The Maritime Executive: When President George Washington passed the Tariff Act on August 4, 1790 he likely didn’t know that the bill submitted by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton would create a service that would outlast the trials and tribulations of the nascent country, growing into the nation’s premier maritime law enforcement service.

USCG photo via USCG New York facebook page

 

With the passing of this bill, Hamilton was given the authority to build 10 cutters to protect the Nation’s lifeblood, our revenue. These 10 single-masted sailing ships, estimated to cost only $1,000 each, became known as the Revenue Cutters that marked the creation of the Coast Guard’s sea-going service.

USCG photo via USCG New York facebook page

 

The Coast Guard traces its roots to this day and celebrates the foundation laid by these early revenue cutters and the crews that selflessly served to protect U.S. shores and guard the revenue that kept our country strong.

Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Jaime Wray keeps his eyes peeled while using binoculars aboard Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon Bay, Feb. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi via USCG New York facebook page

 

The Coast Guard continues to celebrate the legacy of its formative services and the heroism of those who served.  Its missions may have changed over the years, but one thing has remained constant: the selfless service of each and every person that takes the oath to protect their country as part of the U.S. Coast Guard. Read more from The Maritime Executive here…

Happy Birthday Coast Guard!
*Thank You for your Service*

Semper Paratus!

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

IMTT Bayonne terminal facility. Photo via IMTT

 

Coast Guard Sector New York are monitoring an oil spill in Upper New York Harbor that occurred Saturday night when a tugboat accidentally allided with a fuel terminal pier.

 

Coast Guard Sector New York ensignia

 

Coast Guard News: Coast Guard Sector New York received notification at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday from IMTT crew members of an oil spill as a result of an allision between a tug and a fuel terminal pier.

Bayonne oil spill caused by tugboat hitting pier, Coast Guard says. Photo via New Jersey Advance

 

The Coast Guard immediately launched members from the Coast Guard Pollution Response Team New York to investigate. A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey along with pollution responders assisting with the investigation.

Sunday morning, a Coast Guard helicopter made an emergency landing on a Staten Island golf course. USCG Photo via New Jersey Advance

 

Sunday morning, while on their way back to base in Atlantic City NJ, the Coast Guard helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing when the aircraft began to fill with smoke.  No one was injured when the HH-65 Dolphin helicopter touched-down on the Staten Island golf course green.

New Jersey Advance: Coast Guard Petty Officer Gail Dale said the four-person crew was returning to Atlantic City after monitoring an oil spill in Bayonne. Dale said a faulty alternator was the source of the problem. The helicopter landed at the Richmond Country Club in Staten Island, the Coast Guard said. Nobody was injured.

 Read more here from Coast Guard News: and the New Jersey Advance

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee, hat tip to Pix by Ninjuhtrix

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