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28 January 1980, Blackthorn and Capricorn

Title: 28 January 1980, Blackthorn and Capricorn: Collision with History in Tampa Bay.
Name(s): Nunez, Judy Kay, author
Doran, Glen H., professor directing thesis
Sellers, Robin J., committee member
Jones, James P., committee member
Program in American and Florida Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 003.
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: It was a quiet night as the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Blackthorn headed back to duty. After over three months of receiving new equipment and getting badly needed repairs, it was finally time to return her home to Galveston, Texas and regular duty. At approximately 2021 e.s.t. 28 January 1980, none of her new equipment or upgrades was enough to protect her from what lay ahead. For as fate would have it, unknowingly she had spent over three months preparing for nothing more than twenty-three men and her own burial. The dawning of 28 January 1980 was significant inasmuch as it marked the sixty-fifth anniversary of the United States Coast Guard. By nightfall, however, this date would take on an additional, more somber, meaning. For during the evening hours of 28 January 1980, Blackthorn collided with the tanker, Capricorn, resulting in death of twenty-three servicemen, and this date remains the worst peacetime loss of life in Coast Guard history. The accident became the catalyst for the creation of a new school intended to prevent the recurrence of any such events. But before the Command and Operations School at the Coast Guard Academy ever accepted its first student, a lot of soul searching had to happen and some tough questions had to be answered by both the agency that patrolled the sea and the men who navigated it. What happened? Why did it happen? Could it have been avoided? Did any good result from this disaster? For some, these questions still linger.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2495 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of American and Florida Studies in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2003..
Date of Defense: November 10, 2003.
Keywords: Cut A Channel, Marine Jurisdiction, Ship Collision
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Glen H. Doran, Professor Directing Thesis; Robin J. Sellers, Committee Member; James P. Jones, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Arts
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