The 5th of the Coast Guard’s Legend-class cutters, the USCG James (WMSL-754) recently arrived in Boston to be commissioned in the waters off Boston Lighthouse where the vessel’s namesake Joshua James is credited with saving over 600 lives in his illustrious career.
The Legend-class cutters are the second longest of all U.S. Coast Guard cutters, and will replace the twelve Hamilton class cutters in service. The United States Coast Guard??‘?s Legend-class are also known as National Security cutters, and Maritime Security cutters. The USCGC James was launched on May 3, 2014 and has been undergoing sea trials since then.
Unlike the Keeper Class Cutters that used the full names of notable lighthouse keepers such as the USCGC Joshua Appleby, USCGC Katherine Walker, USCG Cutter Marcus Hanna, USCGC James Rankin, and USCGC Frank Drew, to name a few, the Legend-class cutters only use last names of notable people who served in the Coast Guard and the old Life-Saving Service, which in the opinion of many maritime historians, is a slight disservice to the memory of those people.
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