This Day in Coast Guard History – September 16
1918-CGC Seneca’s crew attempted to bring the torpedoed British collier Wellington into Brest, France. Eleven of Seneca‘s crew, sent as a boarding party aboard the collier, were lost when Wellington foundered in a gale on 16 September 1918.
1939-The longest continually-operating Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, Flotilla 63, was first chartered in Onset, Massachusetts.
1988- Hurricane Gilbert hit Mexico. Coast Guard units assisted in rescue and evacuation operations on 18-20 of September. Coast Guard aircrews lifted 109 victims from flood waters to safety.
(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)