Who was Myrtle Hazard, and why is there a ship named after her? | Maryland Curiosity Bureau

Published 12/12/2022 4:46 p.m. EST, Updated 12/13/2022 7:16 a.m. EST

An archival Chicago Daily Tribune photo of Coast Guard Electrician's Mate, Myrtle Hazard.

This episode takes on a question from a far-from-home listener. Robert Cusworth is from Maryland, he’s in the U.S. Coast Guard, and he’s currently stationed in Guam. He noticed that one of the ships in the fleet there is named USCG Cutter Myrtle Hazard. (Cool name, right?) Well, he heard the ship’s namesake was originally from Baltimore. So, who is Myrtle Hazard? And why is there a Coast Guard ship in Guam named after her?

In this episode, we hear from:

  • Robert Cusworth, USCG petty officer stationed in Guam
  • US Coast Guard historian William Thiesen
  • Lieutenant Jalle Merritt, commanding officer of the USCG Cutter Myrtle Hazard

The Baltimore Banner and WYPR have a joint operating agreement that allows the nonprofit organizations to work collaboratively to deliver quality journalism across the region. To learn more about the partnership, click here. This season of Maryland Curiosity Bureau features episodes with Banner reporters like Jasmine Vaughn-Hall and Julie Scharper.

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