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.

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"Commerce Ruled in the 'Old Guard.'

An article written by noted Coast Guard veteran and Coast Guard history scholar GMCM William R. Wells, II, USCG (Ret.) discussing the origins of the Revenue Cutter Service's search and rescue mission as practiced in the 19th century. Recovering costs was an important part of this early mission history. It was published in the Commandant's Bulletin (Vol. 4-84).

VIRIN: CGD-200327-030-032.PDF
Photo by: GMCM William R. Wells, II, USCG (Ret.)
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