Happy 226th Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!
Coast Guard Day celebrates the birth of the United States Coast Guard on 4 August, 1790. First put in place by Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Marine to enforce trade and tariff laws and deter smuggling, the duties of the USCG expanded as the nation grew.
In 1915, the Revenue Cutter Service was merged with the Life-Saving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard was formed – a single maritime service dedicated to maritime rescue and enforcing our nation’s maritime laws.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in our nation’s waterways and coasts, in international waters, or any maritime region as called upon to serve.
Let’s celebrate and honor our nation’s oldest and premier maritime agency on their birthday and every day!
posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee