The United States Coast Guard on the Great Lakes
The United States Coast Guard On The Great Lakes
Copyright © 2007 Thomas P. Ostrom
To the men and women of the United States Coast Guard who have served with honor and courage from 1790
to the present. And to Lt. Ross Fleischmann (USCGR, Ret.) who served on the Great Lakes and in the USCGR
Unit in Duluth, Minnesota, and who provided the author with invaluable information.
The author would like to extend his appreciation to the sources listed at the end of this book; to the U.S. Coast
Guard personnel who contributed their knowledge and professionalism; Dr. Robert Browning, the U.S. Coast
Guard Historian, and his assistant, Coast Guard historian Scott Price, provided invaluable historical
information, sources and photographs.
Dr. James Brady Foust, geography department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and his talented
cartography students, Philip Holleran and Drew Flater, facilitated and designed the exemplary Great Lakes
maps used in the book.
Captain Fred Herzberg (USCG, Ret.), director of the Foundation for Coast Guard History, provided positive and
constructive criticism on my previous book, The United States Coast Guard, 1790 to the Present. Captain
Herzberg coached me on Coast Guard terminology and concepts to prepare me better for this book. The FCGH
sponsored book, The Coast Guard (2004) was a significant source. Aviator-historian Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Beard
(USCG, Ret.), the editor-in-chief of The Coast Guard, encouraged me in my historical writing.
Author, editor and publisher David St. John guided me through the publishing of my first book, and encouraged
me in this one. The magnificent cover art was by Karen Salee, and the scrupulous copy editing was by Brian
Laura Jacobs, the curator of the Lake Superior Maritime Collections Archives at the Jim Dan Hill Library,
University of Wisconsin-Superior, guided me through a plethora of articles, documents, and photographs. UW-
S public affairs specialist and maritime author Al Miller led me to the UW-S Lake Superior Maritime
Collection, inspired me with his own writing, and provided source material.
Reference librarian David Ouse and his colleagues at the Duluth Public Library directed me through a valuable
Coast Guard and Lake Superior collection.
John J. Galluzo, maritime historian and executive director of the United States Life-Saving Service Heritage
Association, provided encouragement, source material, and the opportunity to write for the USLSSHA journal,
“Wreck and Rescue.”
Port Promotion Manager Lisa Marciniak of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority offered ideas, source materials,
and her invaluable knowledge of port authority activities.
Steve Plunkett and his parents, Elizabeth and Judge Roger Plunkett, owners and operators of The Extraordinary
Bookseller in Rochester, secured essential sources and offered encouragement and a hospitable environment for
my literary endeavors.
Former Division 2 Captain Doug Cederholm, and Tom Romaine, Flotilla Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary, Eighth Coast Guard Division, Western Rivers Region, and their intrepid colleagues encouraged my
writing, invited me to attend and speak at meetings, clarified terminology, and provided information about the
responsibilities, activities and training of USCGAUX personnel, even as USCGAUX members in the
Washburn-Bayfield-Ashland area of Wisconsin provided important information and perspectives.
The Coast Guard complement at the Marine Safety Office and Office of the Captain of the Port in Duluth, and
on the USCGC Alder, extended their hospitality and expertise during my 2004 and 2005 visits, as did Coast
Guard personnel at Station Bayfield in Wisconsin.