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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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Gearing up for War

Gearing up for War

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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

Even though the United States was still on the road to recovery from a national economic depression by the end of the 1930s, the country was also experiencing the early tremers of what would soon turn into the Second World War. After the depression, the economy expanded in terms of recreational boating, coastwise maritime trade, and coastal fishing. As such, the need for rescue resources and coastal patrol increased, and the Coast Guard was forced to evaluate their station assignments and small craft fleet. The older motor lifeboats were evidently wearing out from heavy service, so these were replaced with Type TRS motor lifeboats. The Coast Guard underwent significant reorganization on July 1, 1940, and all of the rescue stations were then known as lifeboat stations. This chapter looks into the various measures taken in preparation for the upcoming war.

Keywords:   economic depression, coastal fishing, coastwise maritime trade, recreational boating, Coast Guard, war, Type TRS motor lifeboats, lifeboat stations

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