U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 227 Years of Service


HYANNIS – This weekend marks 227 years of service for the U.S. Coast Guard.

It’s history dates back to 1790, when Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton proposed sea-going revenue cutters to collect revenue for the new republic and serve as useful sentinels of the law.

President George Washington signed the bill that authorized construction of ten cutters to enforce tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling.

There are Coast Guard stations at the Cape Cod Canal in Sandwich, Woods Hole, Chatham, Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and an Airstation in Bourne.

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