For many years, United States Coast Guard crews have brought animals on board, and shore crews have chosen them as mascots. Scroll through the gallery, and get to know some of the animals that have served with the U.S. Coast Guard over the years.
Here’s Maggie, short for Magellan, with LCDR Michele Schallip on board the cutter Spar.
The most famous U.S. Coast guard mascot of all time, Sinbad. He served on the cutter Campbell, and was enlisted in the Coast Guard.
From 1947, Skunk, the mascot of the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Eastwind.
Here’s Cecil with SN Roger Goad aboard the cutter Perseus.
Breaker has served with Coast Guard Station Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina since 2002.
Coast Guard Station Destin, Florida’s mascot is CBuoy, an AKC registered yellow lab.
Red Dog spent time aboard the Alaskan cutter Storis, which served in the Coast Guard for over 64 years.
Turk, a Golden Retriever, serves with Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City, and he’s achieved the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate.
Spike, the mascot of Coast Guard Station Willmette, served from 1992-1994.
Uri, mascot of Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, served in the late 1990s.
“Seaman Muttley” served as mascot for Coast Guard Station Honolulu in 2003-2004.
Bear, mascot for Coast Guard Station Kenosha, served from 1990-2000. He’s a chocolate Labrador Retriever, and enjoyed riding on the Coast Guard’s boats and PWCs.
Niki, a Husky, served on the Coast Guard cutter Cape Carter.
Bud, a black Labrador Retriever, served as part of the crew at Coast Guard Group Moriches for eight years in the 1990s.
Sam served as mascot for Coast Guard Station Scituate throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
Maximillian Tallisman, a Boxer, served on board the Coast Guard cutter Klamath, and achieved the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate.
Revenue Cutter Thetis
From 1913, this is the mascot for the Revenue Cutter Thetis.
Oliver served aboard the Coast Guard icebreaker Northwind in the 1950s.
Lifeboat Station Chicamacomico
The mascot of Coast Guard Lifeboat Station Chicamacomico being clipped by Chief Midgett.
Mars and Muggins
From the 1920s, Mars III (L) and Muggins (R) serving on board together.
Dogs aren’t the only ones that served with the Coast Guard. Here’s Buccaneer enjoying a treat of canned shrimp.
Another Coast Guard cat that served in Alaskan waters.
Samantha, a pig, served on board the Coast Guard cutter Point Glover during the Vietnam War.
The Coast Guard cutter Perry had a goat for a mascot. Learn more about these U.S. Coast Guard mascots, here.