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The Coastguard Cutter Vol5 No4
April 2007:
In this day and age we are inclined to laugh at the superstitions of long ago but if we look around many of them are still alive and thriving.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol5 No3
March 2007:
Many Coastguards were involved in life-saving episodes over the years. Family members, were also to the fore rendering assistance to those in distress.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol5 No2
February 2007:
The coming of the Crimean War meant the full strength manning of the British Navy fighting and supply ships going to the War front in the Crimea.. Members of the Coastguard Service, as reservists, were manning Revenue Cruisers in home Channel waters and watching for ships heading for the Baltic Sea carrying goods to the Russian ports.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol5 No1
January 2007:
Another New Year starting for the 'Coastguard Cutter' to bring you bits and pieces of Coastguard goings-on in the past. Four years have passed since our News-Letter came into being and we would like to thank our readers for their help and support which is much appreciated. Roll on 2007.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No12
December 2006:
Another year is coming to a close. It has brought both good memories and bad memories. Let us hope that in the coming New Year we can cherish those wonderful, good, memories and feel able to deal with the bad memories by letting them slip silently away.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No11
November 2006:
I have mentioned many an upset of a Coastguard boat with subsequent loss of life. The incident of 17th March 1835 was one which I had known of for some time but only recently did I come across the Headstone Inscriptions which underlined further the horror of the tragedy of that day. In this one station, four families lost beloved children, three wives lost their husbands, Elizabeth Harmer was yet to give birth a month later. No single station was ever devastated in this manner within a single day.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No10
October 2006:
The sinking of the "Pomona" was another terrible disaster involving the loss of a ship with a large number of emigrants seeking a new life in a new country. Tales of honesty emerged and also the tragic deaths of members of one family occurring thousands of miles apart on the same day.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No9
September 2006:
The Irish newspapers gave good coverage to the humanitarian work done by the Coastguards when life was at risk. However there were some individuals who liked to criticise, even when they did not have full knowledge of a rescue event.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No8
August 2006:
Every summer the Revenue Cruisers and Cutters assembled at Kingstown Harbour (Dun Laoghaire, Dublin) for their annual inspection by their Commander-in Chief, Mr. Dombrain. The Officers and crews were eager to show off their sailing skills and win the approval of their beloved Commander.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No7
July 2006:
I think that the month of July is an appropriate month to mention the American famine relief provided once again to the peoples of Ireland. The Coastguard service played a vital role during the great famine in 1846 and they once again proved their willingness to succour starving people in 1880.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No6
June 2006:
Far from 'friendly', such misdirected exchanges of rifle or cannon have caused many tragic deaths over the centuries and will continue to do so. Many self-inflicted injuries continue to occur through lack of care in handling fire-arms.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No5
May 2006:
With the commencement of building large Coastguard stations in Ireland in the 1860's favourable comment was made on 'lovely windows'. towers and many Victorian Gothic features. Also included were rifle loop-holes and heavy steel plates to cover windows in the event of an attack on the station. These early buildings proved to be too expensive for the Admiralty and later stations were plainer and had less architectural features.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No4
April 2006:
In the December 2003, issue of the Coastguard Cutter we told you about a Mystery Man on the walls of a Coastguard station on the East coast of Ireland and showed his photo. A short while ago we had a letter from a reader who wondered if his "Mystery Man" and our man were one and the same. Unfortunately they were completely different men at different stations. However this is another good story for our News-letter.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No3
March 2006:
Part of the duties of the Coastguards was to monitor fishing catches and check for illegal fishing. A little deception was needed on occasion to bring a quarry to heel. The fishery protection vessel "Helga" was used during the Easter Rebellion of 1916 to shell the G.P.O. & Liberty Hall in Dublin where the rebels had set up the major command posts. In 1918 "Helga" sank a German U-Boat with gun-fire off the Isle of Man.

The Coastguard Cutter Vol4 No2
February 2006:
We like to cover ship wrecks and collisions at sea and record the sometimes heroic, and at all times, humanitarian actions by the Coastguards to render help to the human victims. In the case of the "Vanguard" collision with the "Iron Duke" there was no Coastguard involvement, no lives to save. However over 350 Coastguards from all over Ireland had just completed their seasonal training course aboard this large warship days before she sank.