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.

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Washington, DC 20593-7031

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Images & Photographs

ATON in Puerto Rico by CDR Guy Clark, USCG & Dr. Edwin Nieves USCGAUX

The following is a compilation of the history of United States Light House Service (USLHS) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) ATON vessels that served in and around Puerto Rico (PR) waters during the 20th century. It was written by Retired CDR Guy P. Clark in 2012. A graduate of the USCG Academy, class of 1961, CDR Clark's career was spent entirely in the Aids to Navigation Programs. This included servicing and maintenance of lighted and un-lighted buoys and beacons as well as lighthouses and Lightships. CDR Clark served as Operations Officer aboard USCGC FIREBUSH (WAGL-393), Executive Officer of USCGC LILAC, (WAGL-227) and was Commanding Officer (Captain) of USCGC SAGEBRUSH (WLB-399) in PR from 1971-1973 (pic.1-2). He retired after having served as Program Manager of the Short-Range Aids to Navigation Program at USCG HQ in Washington, D.C.

Photo by: USCG & Edwin Nieves, USCG AUX
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