1926The first continuously-manned Coast Guard Air Station opened.Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Military

Sea Planes near Ten Pound Island, c. 1925. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 20667
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The Air Station on Ten Pound Island was a first-of-its-kind outpost, with seaplanes permanently assigned and dedicated to Coast Guard missions. The impetus for this advancement was to aid in the interdiction of liquor smugglers, with Coast Guard aircraft chasing the small boats making runs back and forth to “rum row”—the lineup of larger ships waiting just outside U.S. maritime jurisdiction. The assignment evolved to include search and rescue missions.

“The Rescue Coast: The Lifesaving Legacy of Massachusetts’ Shores.” U.S. Naval Institute, 19 May 2021, https://www.usni.org/magazines/naval-history-magazine/2021/june/rescue-coast-lifesaving-legacy-massachusetts-shores.
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