Commemorating the War of 1812 two centuries later

 

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. − Members of the Historic Ship's Company participated in a living history program displaying sailors items from the 1800's at the Mariner's Museum Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. The HSC is comprised of military, historians and educators throughout the Virginia tidewater region. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

 

Post written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

Two centuries ago the War of 1812 took place ultimately forever changing naval warfare globally. To commemorate the War of 1812 and educate people across the United States the Coast Guard has established the Historic Ship’s Company.

The HSC recently held a display at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va., but the unit will be traveling to other ports such as New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Boston and the Great Lakes. 

The purpose of the educational group is to interpret the history of the Revenue Marine, forerunner of the Coast Guard, during the War of 1812. The programs and displays aim to illustrate the historic missions of the service and how they correspond to the missions of the modern day Coast Guard. 

Newport News, Va. − Hygiene supplies from the early 1800's are displayed during a living history program conducted by members of the Historic Ship's Company at the Mariner's Museum Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. The programs and displays carried out by the HSC will illustrate historic missions of the service and how they respond to the missions of the present day.

This group is comprised of 23 members of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 53 and two active duty Coast Guard personnel. The active duty military personnel, living history interpreters and educators are from throughout the Virginia Tidewater region. Ultimately, the living history program will provide the public an opportunity to experience life and conditions aboard a 19th century revenue cutter by participating in hands-on educational activities and vignettes provided by the interpreters.

The unit’s display includes a 12-foot-square reproduction cutter gun deck. Members of the HSC will demonstrate and interpret navigation, cooking and food preservation, shipboard medicine, gunnery, boatswain duties and a variety of other duties carried out by cuttermen serving aboard an early 19th century revenue cutter.

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