Historic Documents

Documents, including copies, reproductions and scans of documents, reports, articles, publications, etc., detailing the U.S. Coast Guard and its five predecessor agencies: the Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Steamboat Inspection Service from the Coast Guard Archives and Special Collections, Coast Guard, and National Archives.

NOTE: Documents provided are in the public domain.

A historical portrayal of the Coast Guard's role in enforcing Prohibition.
Rum War -- The U.S. Coast...
A history of the efforts of various Life-Saving Service crews who assisted the Wright Brothers in their experiments with heavier-than-air flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Indispensable Men - Life-...
CGC CAMPBELL's commemorative cruise book of her tour of service in the waters of Vietnam, circa 1967-1968 as part of Coast Guard Squadron Three.
CGC Campbell's Vietna...
Moments in CG History from 1790-1990, a publication in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the "Birth" of the Coast Guard.
Moments In History, 1790-...
USCG CG 260-7 Organization and Regulations Manual for Hight Endurance Cutter (378' Class) circa 1981 [for CGC JARVIS WHEC 725) but applicable to all 378-foot cutters.
378 WHEC Organization &am...
Cutter plans and drawings of the 378-Foot WHEC HAMILTON Class Cutters as they were originally launched.
378-Foot WHEC Cutter Plans
A package of documents & drawings covering the FRAM process for the Coast Guard's fleet of 378-foot HAMILTON Class WHEC cutters.
378' WHEC FRAM Documents
Artist renderings of the "new" 378-foot Hamilton Class Cutters, including interior imagery.
378-Foot WHEC Artists Ima...
An article providing a detailed overview of the "new" 378-foot HAMILTON Class High Endurance Cutters.  It was written by LCDR Hubert E. Russell, USCG, commanding the RIO in New Orleans that oversaw their construction at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans.  Approved for publication on 4 June 1965.
First High Endurance Cutt...
Pacific Islander Chronology
Version May 16, 2020
USCG_PACIFIC-ISLANDER_AME...
USCGC BAYBERRY (1954); WLI 65400

Scan of cutter file including cutter log book, newspaper clippings, articles, and cutter information
BAYBERRY1954.PDF
USCGC BAYBERRY (1954); WLI 65400

Scan of cutter file images
BAYBERRY1954.PDF
A PowerPoint presentation covering the U.S. Coast Guard's role in combat in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
USCG Combat Operations in...
A series of photos of the armament put aboard the first of the 95-foot WPBs, which included significant anti-submarine warfare equipment and deck cannons
95-Foot "A" Cla...
A memoir and history of the USCGC Cape Strait (WPB 95308) written by former crewman James A. Mooney. His memoir contains a wealth of history of the men he served with and what it was like to serve on a Coast Guard 95-foot patrol boat.
CG 95308 (CGC Cape Strait...
A series of wonderful color photos of the U.S. Coast Guard's Squadron One cutters and crews covering their lives and experiences while in service in Vietnam as provided by Coast Guard combat veteran Gerald Underwood.
USCG Squadron One Color P...
A history of marine safety and the marine safety mission of the U.S. Coast Guard stretching back to the origins of the Steamboat Inspection Service, written by PACS Barbara Voulgaris.
From Steamboat Inspection...
CG-311, The Enlisted Ratings Qualifications Manual, with amendments through 1972, which prescribed the minimum requirements for advancement within the enlisted rate and rating structure of personnel of the Coast Guard.
The Enlisted Ratings Qual...
United States Coast Guard ORDNANCE INSTRUCTIONS, 1938, with Amendments
USCG Ordnance Instruction...
CG-380-4, Cutter Plan, the 1974 Cutter Plan is the latest annual update of the cutter requirements and acquisition plans and was approved for use as an official planning document.
USCG Cutter Plan, CG-380-...