Auxiliarists Volunteer at the Academy Museum

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(Republished from the 2013 Navigator)

Plan a visit and discover gold in Southeastern Connecticut.

The original 1936 figurehead from the Academy’s sail-training vessel the USCGC Eagle. One of the largest figureheads displayed in an American museum, it hangs as if mounted on the bow of a ship.

The original 1936 figurehead from the Academy’s sail-training vessel the USCGC Eagle. One of the largest figureheads displayed in an American museum, it hangs as if mounted on the bow of a ship.

There’s gold to be discovered in Southeastern Connecticut and it’s at the USCG Academy in New London. Located within the historic campus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy the Museum explores the history of the Coast Guard and its many missions from the founding of the Lighthouse Establishment in 1789 through the end of the 20th Century.

 

A panoramic view of a portion of the Coast Guard Museum.

A panoramic view of a portion of the Coast Guard Museum.

Highlights include a massive Fresnel lighthouse lens from a Cape Ann, Massachusetts lighthouse; the original 1936 figurehead of the Academy’s sail-training vessel the USCGC Eagle; a 16th Century Japanese sword surrendered to General Douglas MacArthur by Imperial Japanese Vice Admiral Hisashi Nito, which MacArthur gave to the Coast Guard in recognition of their valiant service in the Pacific campaigns; and a Francis Life Car, an example of innovative design used to make rescuing lives at sea safer and more successful for the rescuers as well as the victims.

 

Francis Life Car that was used to make rescuing lives at sea safer and more successful.

Francis Life Car that was used to make rescuing lives at sea safer and more successful.

The museum also has a fine collection featuring a display of models of Coast Guard cutters from steamships to the 270-footers of today. Cannon, paintings, uniforms and medals are also featured.

The museum is open to the public throughout the year. During the summer months when most cadets are away training, the Auxiliary is on watch the first and third Saturday of each month to meet and greet visitors.

Auxiliarists from the surrounding area stand watch in 4-hour shifts. “We never know who will visit the museum. We’ve had visitors from all over the world. All are very impressed with the collection,” said Bob Carlson, Branch Chief-Academy PA Support. “On occasion we’ll have VIPs visit and large groups who are touring the campus,” said Carlson.

Tom Ceniglio, Flotilla 014-10-20, explains to his children, Joseph Aleksey and Maria Ceniglio, the equipment used by Coast Guard members years ago.

Tom Ceniglio, Flotilla 014-10-20, explains to his children, Joseph Aleksey and Maria Ceniglio, the equipment used by Coast Guard members years ago.

Hours

The museum is open year round Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning the 3rd Saturday in May through August, the Museum is open every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special hours may be arranged with the curator.

Directions

The museum is located in Waesche Hall on the grounds of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Admission to the museum is free but you will need a government-issued photo identification to enter the campus. Please note that due to Academy security procedures international visitors are requested to make an appointment with the Curator before visiting the museum.

The National Coast Guard Museum Association website can be accessed at: www.coastguardmuseum.org.

 

 

 

 


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