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Birthplace of the United States Coast Guard - Newburyport, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 48.733 W 070° 52.193
19T E 347123 N 4741658
Quick Description: A granite marker, buoy and bell in Waterfront Promenade Park near the harbor in Newburyport mark the site of the launch of the first Coast Guard Vessel.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/2/2011 1:05:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMC720
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 6

Long Description:
The United States Coast Guard was established during the Presidency of George Washington on 4 August 1790 when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Known earlier as the Revenue Marine and the Revenue Cutter Service, the Coast Guard expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew.

The marker is inscribed:

{Image of USS Massachusetts}
Near this site was born
The United States Coast Guard
with the launching of the
USRC Massachusetts July 23, 1791.
Built by William Searle on
commission of President George
Washington during the office
of Alexander Hamilton Secretary
of the Treasury. She was the
first such vessel in the service
of the United States.
The Massachusetts was fifty
feet long and weighed more
than seventy tons. She was the
largest of a fleet of ten cutters
built to guard the Coast Guard
against smugglers.

Dedicated August 4, 1958
by the
Hon. A. Gilmore Flues
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Agency Responsible for Placement: Other (Place below)

Agency Responsible for Placement (if not in list above): United States Department of the Treasury

Year Placed: 1958

County: Essex

City/Town Name: Newburyport

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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