Newburyport: Birthplace of the Coast Guard?
October 12, 2010
An article on Boston.com today looks at how officials in Newburyport, Massachusetts, are pushing to have the community recognized as the birthplace of the Coast Guard.
Supporters point out that the vessel Massachusetts, built in Newburyport in 1791, was the first cutter to enter active service under the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, which later became the Coast Guard. This, many have argued, makes Newburyport the official birthplace of the Coast Guard, a distinction marked by a local sign and monument, not to mention a 1965 proclamation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
However, the Coast Guard Historian’s Office says the birthplace is debatable, in part because how one defines the Coast Guard’s place of birth can differ. Also, because as many as three cutters may have been launched prior to the Massachusetts.
But that hasn’t stopped Newburyport officials from recently taking steps to secure their claim.
Read the full story:
- The Boston Globe’s: Boston.com