Best Cutters of the Best Coast Guard!

Created by The Claw of Knowledge

The story of the Coast Guard's coolest boats, told with humor, history and pictures of ships wearing hats! By Brian Runion, creator of The Claw of Knowledge!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

13 of 15!
7 months ago – Wed, Mar 03, 2021 at 04:31:10 PM

Good evening everyone! 

I wanted to share some long-awaited good news about the book. The below graphic shows which cutters' stories I've completed. After finishing up the story of Eagle late last night, I'm now up to 13 of the planned 15 cutters.

So what happens next?

Right now, I'm working to write the stories of the three remaining cutters. After that, I get to do my favorite part: making the artwork. This part generally goes pretty quickly and I've already done a large chunk of it. It's also where I get to have the most fun. Once I've laid out the text and images in the book, I have to send it off to big Coast Guard for a review. I can't give a good estimate of how long that will take, but it's a step I can't skip. After that, I start moving with printing and shipping. And then you get your books.

Thank you as always for your patience. I know it's irritating to wait so long for a book. But I only get one shot to do this, and I've done everything I can to make sure that this is the best book of best cutters I can possibly write.


Interview with Task and Purpose!
over 1 year ago – Tue, May 26, 2020 at 07:15:15 AM

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A quarantine is great for writing...
over 1 year ago – Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:49:44 PM

Hope everyone is staying safe during this pandemic. While this is definitely a trying time, I'm taking advantage of social distancing and everything being shut down to work on Best Cutters.

Looking back, I definitely wish I'd set up this book a little differently. If I'd known how much research it would take and how many great stories I would find, I wouldn't have done fifteen ships - I would have stuck to maybe five or six. The stories of Northland, Bear, Harriet Lane, Hudson, Campbell, and Pickering would have been earth-shattering enough. But I just couldn't settle. There's too many great stories.

Just as an FYI: even if I do finish while this pandemic is still going on, I won't be shipping books if I think packing and mailing something is also going to bring you a virus. I'm also going to have to think long and hard about where to have it printed (probably not in China at this point - for a variety of reasons), which may result in some changes to the final product.

Take care of yourselves!


Check out my article in Proceedings!
almost 2 years ago – Tue, Dec 03, 2019 at 07:09:53 PM

If you're interested in why I decided to write a book capturing a lot of obscure incidents from Coast Guard history, then the article I wrote for USNI is where to look. We need our history so we can explain who we are, what we do, and why we exist. It builds and ethos and a sense of purpose. It's a combination of rescuer and warfighter, but it's easy to neglect too much of one for the other.


This is why it's taking so long.
almost 2 years ago – Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 07:33:56 PM

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