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US Coast Guard Cutter MESQUITE (WLB-305) - rather a black mark on the Coast Guard's reputation, the Mesquite is a good reminder not to let anything become routine. In December 4, 1989, the Mesquite grounded on a reef off the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, ironically, it was there to replace the navigational buoy that marked that very reef. After several hours of trying to free the vessel, the crew reluctantly abandoned ship. Semper Paratus...?

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Pirate's Cove, Polperro, Cornwall. Smuggling prospered in Polperro when it was developed as a port in the 12th c. & reached it's zenith in the late 18th c. when Britain's wars w/ America & France hastened high taxation of imported goods. Local fisherman boosted their income by smuggling spirits, tobacco & other goods from Guernsey. A more organized Coast Guard service was introduced in the 19th c. along w/ stiff penalties, & led to much less smuggling.

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Stunning photos show a magnificent flotilla of tall ships from around the world as they sail into New York City for Fleet Week

The U.S. Coast Guard Barque "Eagle", 'America's Tall Ship,' sails by the Statue Of Liberty

The officers and crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman returned home to San Diego, on August 26, after a successful three-month patrol conducting frontline maritime drug interdictions and training in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America.The crew of the 378-foot high-endurance cutter partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based out of Jacksonville, Fla., to successfully intercept three vessels suspected of drug smuggling.

The damaged tanker OHIO, supported by Royal Navy destroyers HMS PENN (left) and HMS LEDBURY (right), approaches Malta after an epic voyage across the Mediterranean as part of convoy WS21S (Operation Pedestal) to deliver fuel and other vital supplies to the besieged island. OHIO's back was broken and her engines failed during earlier German and Italian attacks.

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