U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Named for Lifesaver Joshua James

unnamedThe Hull Lifesaving Museum was honored to welcome Captain Andrew Tiongson, prospective Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James on Thursday, January 15th at 7 pm to our Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station. The Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter, the James, is named for Hull’s own legendary lifesaver Joshua James. James is credited with saving more than 540 lives from shipwreck during his 60 year career as both a Massachusetts Humane Society volunteer lifesaver and the first Keeper of the historic Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, now the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be commissioned in Boston late this summer.

The USCGC James was christened on August 16, 2014 at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be commissioned in Boston late this summer.

The USCG Cutter James will be the fifth of eight Legend Class National Security Cutters. The most technologically advanced cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, they are designed to perform a variety of missions and operations at sea including: national defense, port security, alien migrant interdiction, maritime law enforcement, environmental defense, search and rescue, and drug interdiction.

Rear Admiral John Korn, Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions said of USCGC James, “It seems only fitting for a cutter that will protect the lives of millions of Americans to bear the names James.”

Submitted by Corinne Leung, Hull Lifesaving Museum.  Two videos provide more information on the cutter.

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