Pirates, beware! National Coast Guard Museum taking shape in New London, Connecticut

Julia LeDoux
August 12, 2019 - 11:00 am
Coast Guard Museum rendering

The National Coast Guard Museum Association

For 229 years, the Coast Guard has been protecting our shores from pirates and drug traffickers.

Now, the sea service's work to the nation is finally going to be recognized at the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut.

Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation's only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later. According to Coast Guard statistics,  today over 56,000 Coasties operate a multi-mission, interoperable fleet of 243 Cutters, 201 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and over 1,600 boats.

Construction of the 80,000 square foot, five-story interactive museum is expected to begin early next year. It will be located along the city’s waterfront and will reflect the three pillars of the Coast Guard’s mission – safety, security, and stewardship through five different storylines: Defenders of the Nation; Enforcers of the Seas; Lifesavers Around the Globe; Champions of Commerce and Protectors of the Environment.

Coast Guard Museum rendering
The National Coast Guard Museum Association

The USCG Barque Eagle, a training vessel for cadets at the Coast Guard Academy and those attending Officer Candidate School, will be docked near the museum at City Pier when the 73-year old ship is in New London, museum officials said.

“The National Coast Guard Museum will build on the important relationship between Connecticut and the U.S. Coast Guard and throughout its history,” said Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) during a ceremony in late July marking the ship’s return to the city. “America’s Coast Guard deserves a national museum to showcase all that the service means to our nation.”

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