USCGC James Rankin (WLM-555)

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USCGC JAMES RANKIN (WLM-555)

Coat of arms (crest) of the USCGC James Rankin (WLM-555)

Official blazon

Shield: Argent, on a bend Gules cottised Azure a ladder throughout Or, between a life ring and a figure eight knot Proper.
Crest: From a wreath Argent and Gules crashing waves of the sea between two stone sea walls surmounted by a lantern radiating rays to either side all Proper.
Motto: A scroll Azure edged Gules inscribed "IN OMNIA PARATUS" (Ready for Everything) Argent.

Seal: The coat of arms as blazoned upon a white disc enclosed by a dark blue border edged on the outside with a gold rop inscribed "USCGC JAMES RANKIN" at top and "WLM 555" at bottom in gold.

Origin/meaning

The Red and Blue stripes recalls the US Coast Guard Cutter markings. The namesake was one of the grand old-time Light Keepers. The Life preserver and Ladder was his most prefered saving tools. James Rankin spent a lot of time practicing the vital skill of knot tying while watching the Bay. The Crest symbolise the San Francisco Harbour entrance, and the Fort Point Light this was the Area where James Rankin saved many lives.


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Literature: image from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army