U.S. Coast Guard Station Milwaukee – Brew City Guardians

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Station Milwaukee originated as “Life Saving Station No. 10.” It was created for the volunteers of the Life Saving Service and was established in 1878. Life Saving Station No. 10 was located at the mouth of the Milwaukee River entrance. Station Milwaukee’s missions include Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Boating Safety, and security for special marine events. The unit’s area of responsibility covers Lake Michigan from Port Washington, WI to Wind Point, WI, to include the western half of Lake Michigan between these points.

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Coast Guard Station Milwaukee has been a vital asset and established presence for the Milwaukee lakefront even before Congress’ declaration of the Coast Guard on January 15, 1915. Station Milwaukee has undergone a name change and multiple relocations since its inception in 1878.

Station Milwaukee originated as “Life Saving Station No. 10.” It was created for the volunteers of the Life Saving Service and was established in 1878. Life Saving Station No. 10 was located at the mouth of the Milwaukee River entrance. At the time, it was the fourth largest station in the District. In 1886, Life Saving Station No. 10 was relocated to Jones island. This new Shingle style station lasted for nearly 30 years. However, rising water levels mixed with the sewage treatment facility and caused health issues for the crew. The Milwaukee Sentinel illustrated the health concerns for the unsanitary waters in an article published May 13, 1915. The federal government intervened as plans for the creation of the Coast Guard were being established. The search for prospective land along the lakefront proved fruitful and construction began on the new station in July 1915.

The station underwent a couple remodeling projects over the years, including the demolition and creation of a new boathouse and metal signal tower. It also survived a small fire. Despite its successes, the station was abandoned sometime between 1970 and 1971, after yet another station was built. This new station was constructed and co-located with Sector Lake Michigan, where it currently operates.

Station Milwaukee’s missions include Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Boating Safety, and security for special marine events. The unit’s area of responsibility covers Lake Michigan from Port Washington, WI to Wind Point, WI, to include the western half of Lake Michigan between these points. Station Milwaukee conducts an average of 120 Search and Rescue cases each year and performs approximately 350 law enforcement boardings during the same period.

Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.

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