Last August 4, 1790, Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury authorized the first fleet of ten Revenue Service cutters to become strict about smuggling and enforce the country’s first tariff laws.
In 1915, the Revenue Service eventually became the United States Coast Guard. It was created after an act of Congress merged the U.S. Life-Saving Service with the Revenue Cutter Service. Because of that, the country now has a single unified service to administer maritime laws and at the same time, save lives at the sea. Finally, in 2002, the Coast Guard became part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Luckily, the Coast Guard is very active on social media. They’ve been sharing photos of their efforts on their Flickr Account, so we can all see how awesome their jobs are at the sea.
Watch how these heroes save the lives of people in these videos:
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