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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Revenue-Cutter Service Memoir by CDR Thomas Odderstol, USCG (Ret)

A memoir by CDR Thomas C. Odderstol, USCG (Ret) about his service as an enlisted sailor in the Revenue Cutter Service from the time he enlisted in 1904. It provides one of the few accounts of what life was like for an enlisted sailor in the Revenue Cutter Service.

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