Welcome to the Ninth Coast Guard District

Guardians of the Great Lakes

The Ninth Coast Guard District is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of the international border with Canada. The 6,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women who make up the Ninth District deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, aids to navigation and icebreaking.

 

         

 

NINTH COAST GUARD DISTRICT
1240 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44199
(216) 902-6000

 

Ninth District Command Center - 1-800-321-4400
Emergency Dismissal Plan Hotline - 216-902-6185

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On This Day 1941: The Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. #OTD #RemeberPearlHarbor #USCG #USCGCTaney #WWII #WorldWarTwo
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On This Day: Dec. 6, 1917 - SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. A fire on board the French ship ignited her cargo, causing a large explosion that devastated the Richmond district of Halifax. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by the blast, debris, fires or collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured. The blast was the largest man-made explosion before the development of nuclear weapons, releasing the equivalent energy of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT. Mont-Blanc was under orders from the French government to carry her cargo of high explosives from New York via Halifax to Bordeaux, France. At roughly 8:45 am, she collided at low speed, approximately one knot, with the unladen Imo, chartered by the Commission for Relief in Belgium to pick up a cargo of relief supplies in New York. The resulting fire on board the French ship quickly grew out of control. Approximately 20 minutes later the Mont-Blanc exploded. Nearly all structures within a half-mile radius, including the entire community of Richmond, were obliterated. A pressure wave snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels including Imo, which had managed to escape the vicinity of the burning Mont-Blanc shortly before it exploded, and scattered fragments of Mont-Blanc for kilometres. Hardly a window in the city proper survived the blast. Across the harbour, in Dartmouth, there was also widespread damage. A tsunami created by the blast wiped out the community of the Mi'kmaq First Nation who had lived in the Tufts Cove area for generations. Relief efforts began almost immediately, and hospitals quickly became full. Rescue trains began arriving from across eastern Canada and the north-eastern United States, but were impeded by a blizzard. Construction of temporary shelters to house the many people left homeless began soon after the disaster. The initial judicial inquiry found Mont-Blanc to have been responsible for the disaster, but a later appeal determined that both vessels were to blame. #WWI #Halifax #OTD
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Sometimes the projects never seem to end. But they're right, there's nothing like having a brand new floor get your sweat on. #USCG #gym #GreatLakes #Gains
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#OnThisDay- 75 years ago: Dec. 4, 1942 - The following is from U.S. Coast Guard Station Oswego: After a brutal winter storm had pounded the area, the relief crew for the lighthouse was underway to Oswego Lighthouse. After swapping out the crews, the 30-foot pickett boat struck the corner of the lighthouse break wall and stopped the engine. With the wind gusting to 35 knots, the harbor entrance became a violent confused sea. The disabled boat drifted across the entrance and struck the corner of the east break wall causing all hands to be thrown into the frigid water. Two of the crewmen managed to swim to the detached break wall and clung to it. The station sent another boat, which failed in its attempt to evacuate the stranded men and left two more on the wall. After successful evacuation of the four men, three were hospitalized at Fort Ontario and later released. Six men died. Today we remember: Alston J. Wilson; 54 LTJG, Commanding Officer Oswego Coast Guard Station Henderson Harbor, NY Karl A. Jackson: 42 Boatswain Mate, Lighthouse Keeper Oswego, NY Leslie J. Holdsworth; 21 Seaman First Class Lawrence, MA Ralph J. Sprau; 27 Machinist Mate Second Class Sandusky, OH Irving Ginsburg; 21 Seaman Second Class Syracuse, NY Eugene C. Sisson; 29 Boatswain Mate Binghamton, NY The survivors were: Sanford Gregory; 21, Coxswain Tyler, Texas Fred L. Ruff; 32 Machinist Mate (address not available) John Mixon, 30 Chief Boatswain Mate Marsis, Michigan Andrew W. Cisternino, 29 Seaman Second Class Syracuse, NY #History #USCG #Wilson #Jackson #Holdsworth #Sprau #Ginsburg #Sisson #Oswego #FairWindsFollowingSeas
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Day 2 of the Christmas Ship event in Chicago on Saturday included songs, Christmas Carols, a wreath blessing, a wreath toss into Lake Michigan by a Chicago Fire Department Air Rescue helicopter in memory of those lost at sea, the ceremonial first tree presentation, and the unloading of more than 1,200 trees. Oh, and 50 degree temps. Not bad for a December day in Chicago.
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The Christmas Ship has arrived!! It's that time of the year again...when the crew of the Mackinaw joins the Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee to reenact a tradition dating back to the late 1800s. The original Christmas Ship, the Rouse Simmons, would travel from northern Michigan to Chicago with trees and wreaths for needy families. On Nov. 23, 1912, the ship sank off of Two Rivers, Wisc. during a storm. The tradition was reestablished in 2000 when the Coast Guard partnered with Chicago's maritime community. On Friday, the MAC arrived at Chicago's Navy Pier with 1,200 trees from northern Michigan. They will be distributed to organizations selected by the Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee for needy families. This event has become one the citizens look forward to each year, and in the eyes of many one that signifies the start of the Christmas season in Chicago. Great effort and work by the committee, the crew of the Mackinaw, MSU Chicago active and reserves, and the many CG Auxiliarists who helped on ship tours and in the galley-all during the two-day event.
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Ever wonder what happens when the Soo Locks close down for the winter? ❄️
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Thanks to attendees of the #GreatLakes international #icebreaking meeting to keep critical waterways open for the 2… https://t.co/mkePjMuU2d
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RT @lcaships: @USCGGreatLakes & @lcaships sign MOU for maritime rescue training. ADM Nunan: "will greatly enhance both organizations capabi…
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Welcome back to the #GreatLakes system to the crew of the #USCG cutter #NeahBay https://t.co/RNTCzpId29
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#USCG, @CCG_GCC looking for owner of this green Hobie Cat near #Sarnia #Ontario. Call 216.902.6117 if you have info… https://t.co/15WosSk9Ap
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#USCG, federal, state, local partners conducting oil spill preparedness exercise in #SturgeonBay #WI https://t.co/QJ8eYVBR7V
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#CANUSLAK exercise on the #StLawrence; #USCG, #NYDEC, #Clayton, #Akwesasne practice boom deployment. https://t.co/273cC5Squf
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Great job! #USCG Air Sta Detroit assisted in this rescue! Our continued partnership with @CCG_GCC is vital along th… https://t.co/ScISZXIoi0
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#USCG Station Ludington assited 5 from their burning vessel tues. All brought back safely. Check out the video… https://t.co/fCJixdtKZK
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RT @TOWARF: 14' boat taking on water - 8 rescued from #LakeOntario near #Youngstown @USCGGreatLakes https://t.co/al85D81C3E
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# LakeErie #SAR case for 2 Kayakers closed https://t.co/dRUbBgp9g4; reporter discovers kayaks on shore, rental faci… https://t.co/NmgTMTQm5m
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RT @USCGReserve: Lt. Cmdr. Swan, @USCG PSU 309, is the 2017 Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award recipient. https://t.co/nF0I5LpO4g @…
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Search for missing 44-year-old man on #LakeStClair concludes; #MacombCounty dive team recovered him unresponsive. https://t.co/E4qPXzIGyP
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#USCG Sector Detroit, #MacombPolice continue search for missing man in #LakeStClair. For news updates: https://t.co/E4qPXzIGyP
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#USCG Station Manistee #Michigan crew; in the right place, at the right time! For more info on this rescue:… https://t.co/AVbAFOhIsf
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Whether the 1st or 500th time on your #paddlecraft this season; always check the #forecast before leaving shore!… https://t.co/T0BulWdxg1
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Happy Saturday! Today starts National Safe Boating Week #SafeBoating #WearIt https://t.co/oMXWIUoCO9; Be safe & Hav… https://t.co/6n1gWBYSzH
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Thank-you to the #USCG & @USCGAux units for honoring Florence Ebersole Smith French, #USCGR, #WWII hero, read more:… https://t.co/q4ac60eKhp
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#WWII hero & #USCGspar remembered in #IthacaNY today. Assisted POWs in Manila, Philippines in 1944-45. #USCG,… https://t.co/cxWOEw1QsZ
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