This Day in United States Coast Guard History – January 31st

Saturday, January 31, 2015

TODAYINHISTORYOn this day in U.S. Coast Guard History:

1942 – HMSCulver (ex-CGC Mendota–one of the “Lake” Class cutters transferred to the Royal Navy in 1941 under the Lend-Lease program) was torpedoed and sunk with only 13 survivors.

1948 – Mrs. Fannie M. Salter, keeper of the Turkey Point Lighthouse in upper Chesapeake Bay since 1925 and the last woman keeper of a lighthouse in the United States, retired from active service. The first woman had been hired as a lighthouse keeper 150 years before.  Salter’s retirement temporarily closed the tradition of women serving as keepers at lighthouses.

1968 – Coast Guard SPAR Chief Storekeeper Mary Ashley Rose retired “after a career of more than 20 years of service in the Coast Guard.  Chief Rose is the first enlisted woman to retire from active duty in the Coast Guard.”

1975 – CGC Vigorous (WMEC-627) became the first cutter to make a seizure of a foreign-flag fishing vessel in the high seas when she seized the Italian fishing vessel Tontini Pesca Cuartofor illegally taking lobster.  All of the other fishery seizures prior to this were of vessels that had violated territorial seas (TS) or Contiguous Fishing Zone (CFZ).  At the time, Vigorous was under the command of CDR Paul Welling, USCG.  The arresting officer was ENS S.T. Fuger, Jr., USCG.

2001 – Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed off the coast of California near the Channel Islands, killing all 88 on board.  Coast Guard Channel Island Station crewmen responded to the tragedy.

2004 – The crews of a 47-foot MLB from Station Chincoteague and a rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City combined to rescue five men after their vessel began taking on water 25 miles east of Chincoteague.

 


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