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February 3, 2014

Newburyport 250th series: The city's 'waterside' roots

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The roots of the Coast Guard lie in the circumstance that the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service was established by Alexander Hamilton under the Department of the Treasury in 1790. The nation’s first revenue cutter, the Massachusetts, was built in Newburyport in 1791.

Many decades later, the Coast Guard would form from the merging of the revenue service, the nation’s lighthouse service and the lifesaving service. Because the revenue service is the oldest of the three, Newburyport has the distinction of being the nation’s birthplace of the Coast Guard.

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