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The United States Coast Guard traces its origins to 1790, but the official USCG name was designated in 1915. The Coast Guard is the product of the assimilation of several government agencies over a long period of time.
When America was a British colony, the first lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor on Little Brewster Island in 1716. The lighthouse was an aid to navigation to guide ships along the rocky Atlantic coast. In August of 1789, the first Congress federalized the lighthouse that had been built by the colonists, and funded the construction and maintenance of buoys and lighthouses. These early lighthouses were sturdy stone structures with thick walls whose lights under the care of keepers guided mariners into dangerous ports. Oil wick lamp lights were amplified by large optical lenses, reflectors and prisms.
Where lighthouses could not be placed, government lightships were stationed at strategic locations in coastal waters. The first lightship was located in Chesapeake Bay in 1820 under the supervision of the Lighthouse Service. Storms sometimes blew lightships off location and other ships sometimes sunk them. On May 16, 1934, ?the Olympic, sister ship of the ill fated Titanic, struck and sank the Nantucket Shoals Lightship (No. 117) in fog and drove the vessel to the bottom with the loss of seven (of eleven) crewmen.? Hundreds of these floating lighthouses guided mariners until the 1980?s when the vessels were superseded by sophisticated electronic buoys
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2006
Publisher Elderberry Press (OR)
ISBN 1932762655 ISBN13 9781932762655
Availability 64 units. Availability accurate as of May 22, 2017 09:36.
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More About Thomas P. Ostrom
Ostrom taught history, authropology and geography at Rochester Community College in Rochester, Minnesota for 32 years. He is a member of The Foundation for Coast Guard History, Navy League, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the National Maritime Historical Society.
Reviews - What do customers think about The United States Coast Guard: 1790 to the Present?
A Real Dissapointment Sep 23, 2005
Based on other reviews for this book, I was looking forward to reading a concise and informative survey of USCG history. While well researched, this book is fragmented, disjointed and barely readable. The style is reminicent of a bad high school paper, of which I've read many, and hardly reflective of Mr. Ostrom's experience as a well respected college level teacher. The book is best used as a reference rather than a readable narrative.
A good concise read about the USCG Aug 16, 2005
While "The United States Coast Guard: 1790 to the Present" provides an excellent overview of this military service's 215 year history, it is sometimes a bit hard to follow and is not a stellar piece of literature. At many points throughout the book the author seems to focus more on providing a general historical background than he does on the history of the Coast Guard. Overall, a decent quick read about this service's history but far from the best book that I have ever read.
A Terrific Scholarly Book, Informative and Exhaustive! Oct 21, 2004
Although I knew very little about the history of the United States Coast Guard, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tom Ostrom's "USCG: 1790 To the Present." Its lucid style, exhaustive documentation, and clear organization, made the reading easy and enjoyable. It is one of the best history books that I have read in recent years. I strongly recommend the book to anyone who's interested in military history. ----Fan Shen, author of "Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard."
HISTORY AT ITS BEST Sep 3, 2004
This book is THE reference for anyone needing facts on the USCG. A must for libraries.