Historic Documents & Official Publications (Database)

Documents, including PDF photo collections, reproductions and scans of drawings, illustrations, and images, from the archives of 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.

U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
2703 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20593-7031

U.S. Coast Guard Museum
Coast Guard Academy - Waesche Hall
15 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320-8100

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Images & Photographs

2006 "Semper Paratus: The Meaning" and article by GMCM William R. Wells, II, USCG (Ret.)

SEMPER PARATUS: The Meaning. William R. Wells, II Semper Paratus is the well known motto of the U. S. Coast Guard. Although its origin, as a motto, for the Coast Guard has been elusive, its use has become the focal point of the service character. Elusive or not, recent research provided a hint from an indirect origin and this discovery came, in a manner so typical of the Service's history, while investigating other topics.

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