USCGC JAMES is named for the famous keeper of the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, Hull, Masschusetts.
The new US Coast Guard Cutter James, at 418 ft., the largest class of strategic defense ship in the Coast Guard fleet, will visit Hull waters this Sunday, August 2nd. Named for Joshua James, the most famous and celebrated lifesaver of the US Life-Saving Service, and captain of the Point Allerton Station from 1889 to 1902, now home to the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the James is one of the newest Legend class of long-range national security cutters designed to operate anywhere around the globe. Following her sojourn in Hull waters the ship will proceed to Boston for a private commissioning ceremony on August 8th.
Excerpted from a press release submitted by Connie Leung, Hull Lifesaving Museum, July 28, 2015
The USLSSHA’s 2015 annual meeting will take place October 1-3, in Mystic, Connecticut. “The USLSSHA Annual Meeting is your opportunity for education and fellowship with others who share the passion to learn about and preserve the history of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. This event offers tours of the old life saving stations, museums, current USCG stations and facilities, a keynote speaker, focused presentations and sometimes demonstrations of the old rescue methods.”
The 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 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.”