Semper Paratus ... the US Coast Guard is celebrating its 219 birthday tomorrow.
Hail to all the Coasties.
The United States Revenue Cutter Service was established by Alexander Hamilton under the Department of the Treasury on 4 August 1790. Until the re-establishment of the United States Navy in 1798, the Revenue Cutter Service was the only naval force of the early U.S. It was established to collect taxes from a brand new nation of patriot smugglers. When the officers were out at sea, they were told to crack down on piracy; while they were at it, they might as well rescue anyone in distress.