The sea has a poetry that attracts the whole human race, yet some souls just belong at sea. Whether it is the camaraderie of the crew, the sheer majesty of the ocean, or the smell of the briny air, underway is where they feel at home. That passion for the sea is inspirational; these are the cuttermen remembered for all the right reasons—their confidence, their mastery of their craft, and their knowledge of their ship—long after their careers are over. Then they are yanked off a cutter and placed ashore, all in the name of career advancement.
A Community at Sea: Building Up the Cuttermen
By Commander Krystyn Pecora, U.S. Coast Guard