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]
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.
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.
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.
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*
by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee