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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A SERVICE OF SAVING LIVES


The United States Coast Guard is noted for many accomplishments, but foremost in the public’s mind is the Service’s efforts in helping those "in peril upon the seas." Indeed, all of the various federal agencies that were brought together to form the modern day United States Coast Guard dealt in some manner with assisting those that were in distress or in helping the prevention of loss of life at sea.

The U.S. Lighthouse Service, for example, maintained lighthouses and sea markers to warn ships from danger. Lighthouse keepers also helped people who were in danger close to their stations. Each year the annual reports of the Service were filled with the accounts of keepers saving lives. The cutters of the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service assisted mariners in distress offshore. The Service began winter cruising, in 1831, to provide rescue craft when sailing ships were most likely to run afoul of bad weather. The Steamboat Inspection Service was established in 1838 in an effort to prevent disasters before they occurred. Despite the many accomplishments of these agencies, the organization that contributed the most to the U.S. Coast Guard’s image as a lifesaver was the U.S. Life-Saving Service. It is important that the story of this Service be detailed, for many of the U.S. Coast Guard’s procedures in search and rescue can be traced to this small service.

So...if your 'into' naval history, ...and if your like me, what I know...just generates more interest...well you just may wish to give this article a 'tumble'....I'd have to say it is pretty darn interesting

The above is the lead in to the article...if you wish to give it a go....just click on this title: A SERVICE OF SAVING LIVES  it will take you immediately to the article, and I don't believe you'll be disappointed....if you are...well then leave me a comment or e-mail me, as do the same if you liked it....I'd appreciate it.

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