All of the heroic exploits of the United States Coast Guard are doggedly retold in graphic detail beginning with the deeds of the 18th century sailing ship for which today's modern training cruiser has been named. Outstanding ships of the cutter fleet like the Lane, the Bear, the Tampa, the Lawrence have performed such courageous feats burning ships, carrying supplies to a whole community cut off from help, appearing out of nowhere to function efficiently as ""the arm of the Navy"" in war and peace. Interspersed in this lengthy saga are the training and qualifications necessary for young cadets. The same criticism applied to an earlier book by this author's Our Merchant Marine Academy (1958, J-152) is true of this. Though many of the chapters have the potential for engrossing adventure tales, the plodding style in which they are rendered and the excessive examples included, substantially curtail the attention of the average interested male reader.