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American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the USLSS and Uscg$
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William D. Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033341

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033341.001.0001

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The Modern Age Matures

The Modern Age Matures

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American Coastal Rescue Craft: A Design History of Coastal Rescue Craft Used by the USLSS and Uscg

William D. Wilkinson

University Press of Florida

On January 28, 1915, a bill that concerned merging the U.S. Life-Saving Service with the U.S Revenue Cutter Service became law, and the new organization was referred to as the U.S. Coast Guard. The establishment of this new organization confirmed the basis for constructing a more efficient operation system in traditional areas of responsibility that included the operation of coastal lifesaving stations. After the Coast Guard was formed, small-boat building at the service's depot became centralized. After the Revenue Cutter Service acquired the area in 1899, it became the shore location of the academy for training Revenue Marine officers. Simultaneously, small-boat design was also centralized in the Office of the Superintendent of Construction and Repair. This chapter illustrates the various developments at the maturity of the modern age for lifesaving crafts.

Keywords:   modern age, U.S. Coast Guard, centralization, coastal lifesaving stations, small-boat building, small-boat design

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