Source: U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Records Collection, 1939-1997 East Carolina Manuscript Collection #559
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Collection
Staff Person: Nanette Hardison
The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is well known for providing service to the public by doing boat inspections, teaching seamanship classes, and helping the Coast Guard patrol the waterways. But what the public may not realize is that the Auxiliary serves as a source of recruits for the U. S. Coast Guard. The Auxiliary has sponsored since 1955 orientation visits to the Coast Guard Academy for high school juniors who meet the qualifications for admission to the Coast Guard–a yearly ritual that would come to be called the Academy Introduction Mission Week (AIM). The high school students who participated in these yearly orientations would go on to apply for appointments to the Coast Guard and to eventually serve as career officers. This photo, taken in 1957, shows a group of potential recruits participating in Academy Week at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy on the ship Eagle.
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Records, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #559
Staff Person: Martha Elmore
Special Collections in Joyner Library is the official repository for the records of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 as a way for owners of motorboats and yachts to volunteer their services and their boats’ services to assist the Coast Guard. During World War II they kept a lookout for suspicious activities along our coastlines such as the smuggling in of arms, narcotics, and spies and saboteurs. Today the group has 27,000 members who are organized into districts which are broken down into regions and divisions and into smaller groups called flotillas. The Auxiliarists volunteer their time to do vessel safety checks, harbor patrols, safe boating courses, search and rescue operations, and marine environmental protection. The records we hold include newsletters, meeting minutes, training materials, histories, scrapbooks, photographs, videos, cassette recordings, rosters, disaster statistics and reports on catastrophic events such as Hurricane Katrina. We receive records on a weekly basis from the Auxiliary groups and are entering information about their records into a searchable database that we hope will go live in the future. This photograph shows “Commodore” (and actor) Lloyd Bridges of the Coast Guard Auxiliary promoting a safe boating course. Click here to learn more about the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Records
Actor Lloyd Bridges helping to promote a safe boating course
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office Collection, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #1041
Two sailing vessels, the Constitution and the Etner
Staff Person: Jon Dembo
This digital image shows two sailing vessels, the CONSTITUTION of Manteo and the ETNER of New Bern, in the waters of Pamlico Sound, North Carolina. The ETNER, the two-masted vessel to starboard, may be in some difficulty or have an injured or sick crewman. Her sails have been hauled in rather clumsily, she is flying a flag at half-mast, and she is tied to the CONSTITUTION by several lines. Both ships appear to have African American crews. The donor, Coast Guard Historian Jeffrey L. Bowdoin, believes that the image was taken from the Coast Guard Cutter KANKAKEE, during the summer of 1921. The KANKAKEE may have been attempting to provide assistance at the time.
The image was made from one of two 3.5″ x 5″ black and white negatives in the U. S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office Collection. Researchers may access the U. S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office Collection (#1041.1.a) through the Special Collections Department Search Desk on the 4th Floor of Joyner Library.
If anyone can provide additional information concerning the ships, crews, or situation shown in the image, please contact the Special Collections Department at (252) 328-6671.