In 2008 Rockland became a designated U.S. Coast Guard City.
The U. S. Coast Guard has a long and rich heritage of service in the Penobscot Bay area. Earlier in this century, several lighthouses and lifeboat stations served local mariners. The Coast Guard Station Pier, formerly known as the Coast Guard Moorings, is located on two parcels of land at the end of Tillson Avenue in downtown Rockland. Prior to World War II the Coast Guard used the pier facility to moor vessels that worked in the area.
The pier was acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II as a base for its coastal patrol boats and turned over to the Coast Guard in January 1944. After the war the Coast Guard established a Group Command in Rockland to oversee operations. The Coast Guard purchased the 106 year old “Bird Block” building, extensively renovated it, and it became the home of the station offices, unaccompanied personnel housing, galley and exchange in 1982. Coast Guard Moorings has been used by many Coast Guard Cutters over the years and now serves the Abbie Burgess, Thunder Bay, Tackle and Station small boats.
The USCGC Abbie Burgess