This Day in Coast Guard History – August 4, 2010

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

1790-Congress authorized the Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton's proposal to build ten cutters to protect the new nation's revenue (Stat. L. 145, 175).  Alternately known as the system of cutters, Revenue Service, and Revenue-Marine this service would officially be named the Revenue Cutter Service (12 Stat. L., 639) in 1863.  The cutters were placed under the control of the Treasury Department.  This date marks the officially recognized birthday of the Coast Guard.

1854-Congress appropriated $12,500 for purchase of boats for life-saving purposes at a number of designated ports on the Great Lakes.

1894-Facilities of marine hospitals were extended to keepers and crews of the Life-Saving Service.

1949-Congress approved Public Law 207, which revised, codified and enacted into law title 14 of the United Stated Code.  This set forth for the first time a clear, concise statutory statement of the duties and functions of the U.S. Coast Guard.  The Act confirmed that the Coast Guard was a branch of the armed forces of the United States, confirmed it in its general functions of marine safety, maritime law enforcement, and military readiness to operate as a service in the Navy upon declaration of war or when the president directs.

(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

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