Fort Trumbull is rich with history. Though none of the original fortifications from the Revolutionary War still stand, there is one blockhouse that does date back to 1786. The current fort was built between 1839 and 1852 and much of it has been beautifully restored. The grounds themselves are beautiful. Over the years, Fort Trumbull was used in different ways. From 1915 through 1932, it was the home of the Revenue Cutter Service Academy which became the Coast Guard Academy, and, in fact, the Coast Guard training ship, the Barque Eagle, can be seen three or four times a year docked at Fort Trumbull. From 1939 through 1946, Fort Trumbull was used for the Maritime Officers Training School and graduated over 15,000 maritime officers. This school was transferred to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. During the latter years of World War II, Fort Trumbull became home to a variety of programs for the submarine fleet, including the Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory. The programs in different forms were active until 1996, when Fort Trumbull was closed. The State of Connecticut subsequently restored the property and in January 2000, Fort Trumbull became a state park. Located throughout the park are several memorials that are dedicated to the U.S. Maritime Service & its training mission, as well as a memorial to a pioneer steamboat captain, Capt. Moses Rogers, who died in 1821.
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