U.S. Coast Guard



This excerpt from an old Navy manual came to mind as I sought “permission to come aboard” across the gangplank of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, docked just above the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, on a brisk mid-March day. Read more


The Rescuers

National Park Service

Two Pictured Rocks rangers were driving home when a man, drenched and in kayak gear, came running out of the woods and collapsed in the road. His friends, he said, were still in the water. Meet the rescuers who respond to these kinds of emergencies. Read more


Remembering Coast Guard Hero Edgar Culbertson

U.S. Coast Guard

In the afternoon on April 30 every year, you will find me with four flowers on the North Pier of the Duluth Ship Canal. Three of the flowers are for teenage brothers and one is for my friend, a U.S. Coast Guardsman who tried to save them. Read more


Walter Scobie

Alan Haraf / U.S. Coast Guard

Walter Scobie will always remember June 18, 1961, when his quiet morning was shattered by an explosion that ripped through Stannard Rock Lighthouse, where he was stationed. This summer, Walter returned for the first time. Read more


Aboard the USCGC Alder

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, Breaking Ice in Duluth

We tagged along with members of the Lake Superior Marine Museum Association to see the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder at work in the Duluth harbor and on Lake Superior. Read more

Mar 13, 2015 12:47 PM , Superior Notes

Lake Superior Journal: Baptizing the Alder

Dan Rau

The invitation was unlike any I’ve ever received. The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Marinette Marine Corporation requested “the honor” of my presence at the christening and launching of an incredible U.S. Coast Guard vessel. Read more


Taking a Spring Run on a Coast Guard Cutter

Dave Boe

In 2001, writer Dave Boe sailed out with Sundew on a two-day mission to place buoys for the shipping season. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter had just a few more springs to plant buoys before its retirement. Read more


  • Safety on the Water


    Safety on the Water

    Before Labor/Labour Day, the U.S. Coast Guard reminds those playing on the water to stay safe.

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