The Active Class of United States Coast Guard cutters were built mostly during the late 1920's for revenue enforcement duty during Prohibition. Many of these vessels enjoyed long and distinguished srevice with both the United States Coast Guard as well as temporary duty with the United States Navy in World War II.
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In 1943, the Active Class cutters Jackson and Bedloe were called to aid a Victory-Ship that had been torpedoed by a German U-Boat off Cape Hattaras N.C. While so engaged, both cutters were caught in a terrific hurricane and were lost at sea with loss of life. This incident was documented in "Rumrunners, U-Boats, & Hurricanes" by Bryan Galecki.
In 1978 the Last commissioned Active Class cutter, the Cuyhoga, was struck by a 512 foot bulk carrier at the mouth of the Potomac River and sank in minutes with a loss of 11 lives.
The USCGC Alert was the third vessel of her class to be built and commissioned. Here are some of her siblings: