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Notable, Interesting or Unique Cutters

Designation Name/Hull Num Class/Rig Service Comments Pix Model Built
Famous Cutters              
USRC Surveyor Unknown 1807 - 1813 Commanded by CAPT Samuel Travis with a crew of 15
Attacked by 50 man party from LT John Crerie's HMS Narcissus
Captured by British after a fierce fight
Crerie returned Travis's sword in honor of the fight the crew put up
Commemorated in Semper Paratus
Commemorated in Semper Paratus
USRC Eagle Topsail schooner 1809 - 1814 Commanded by CAPT Fredrick Lee
Escorted merchantmen around New York
Attacked by 18 gun brig HMS Dispatch in 1814
Ran aground trying to escape
Crew hauled cannons to top of a 160' cliff and took Dispatch under fire
When all ammunition was expended the crew withdrew to safety
British siezed the grounded cutter whose ultimate fate is unknown
Commemorated in Semper Paratus
USRC Harriet Lane Sidewheeler 1857 - 1861
1863 - 1864
First successful steam cutter
At Fort Sumpter, fired across the bow of merchantman Nashville
First naval shot of Civil War
Operated against Fort Clark and For Hatteras
Supported actions against Vicksburg and at Mobile Bay
Participated in capture of Galveston in October 1862
Captured when CSA retook Galveston in January 1863
Finished the war as a blockade runner named Livinia
Returned to Federal service after the war
Sold as unservicable in 1864
Became merchantman Elliott Richie
Lost in a storm in 1887
CGH Yes Yes
USRC/USCGC Bear Sealer 1885 - 1929
1941 - 1944
Built by Alexander Stephenin Dundee Scotland as a sealer in 1874
Taken into US Navy service in 1884 as part of the rescue fleet for the
ill-fated Greeley Arctic expedition
1885: Taken into the Revenue Cutter Service to patrol Alaskan waters
Most famous commanding office was Mike "Hell Roarin'" Healy
Served 41 years in the ice
Carried reindeer from Siberia to Alaska to feed natives
Overland rescue of over 250 sealers stuck in the ice
Decomissioned in 1929 and turned over to Oakland, CA
Used as a set in filming of Jack London's "Sea Wolf"
Acquired by Adm. Richard Byrd for his 1933 Antarctic Expedition
Returned from the Byrd expedition in 1941 to Boston
In WWII she was part of the Greenland Patrol
Took part in the capture of the Norwegian supply ship Buskoe
Decommissioned again in 1944
Sold to a Canadian sealing company - never operational
Purchased by Alfred Johnston of Villanova, PA in 1948
To be used as a resteraunt museum in Philadelphia
Sank while being towed to Philadelphia
One of the most famous Cutters Coast Guard history
The mascot of the CG Academy is a Bear in her honor
USRC/USCGC Hudson Steam tug 1893 - 1935 First RC with steel hull and triple-expansion plating
Rescued USS Winslow in Spanish American War
CO, LT Frank Newcomb, not awarded Medal of Honor
because RCS was not "military"
A Fletcher Class DD was named for Newcomb
Commemorated in Semper Paratus
(former Miami)
190 Miami 1916 - 1918 Sunk by German U-boat
Cited by RADM Niblack, Commander US Naval Forces Gibralter,
for outstanding service
CO, CAPT Charles Satterlee, had 2 Navy destroyers named for him
Commemorated in Semper Paratus
USCGC Northland
WPG 49
  1927 - 1946 Built as a replacement for the venerable Bear
Performed on Bering Sea Patrol doing
"everything under the midnight sun"
Transferred to Boston in 1938 in preparation for war
Flagship of the Greenland Parol
Siezed Norwegian sealer Buskoe - a German supply ship
First siezure of the war - 12 Sep 1941
Sold to an American company working with the Israeli underground
Renamed Jewish State, she ran refugees to Israel
First warship of the Israeli Navy in 1948 - Renamed Matzpen
Ended as an accomodations ship for Port Command Haifa
Decommissioned and sold in 1962
USCGC Escanaba
WPG 77
165A Algonquin 1932 - 1943 Commissioned 17 September 1932 - stationed in Grand Haven, MI
Operated entirely in the Great Lakes
Esablished close ties with Grand Haven - Coast Guard City, USA
The city always celebrated the 4 August birthday of the Coast Guard
Transferred to the Greenland Patrol in 1942
It was noted that survivors were too cold to hold rescue lines
LT Robert Prouse, Escanaba XO, developed a rubber suit that
rescuers could wear into the water to pick up survivors
Suits were used to rescue 133 men from the torpedoed Dorchester
Widely used by other ships throughout the war
13 June 1942 - Escanaba exploded and sank
Final cause was never established
All but 2 of her 103 man crew were lost
4 August 1943 over 20,000 people in Grand Haven attended
memorial services for Escanaba
Grand Haven is still Coast Guard City, USA
and still marks Coast Guard Day with a grand celebration
CGH Yes IS - 1942
USCGC Storis
  1942 - 2007 Built as a supply cutter for the Greenland patrol
Basically a stretched 180' buoy tender with an Duck on the fantail
Stationed in Boston after the war
1 July 1957 Set out with CGCs Spar and Bramble to find
a deep water channel through the Arctic Ocean
This transit ended the 450 year search for the Northwest Passage
Returned to Greenland via the passage and then transited to Alaska
via the Panama Canal becoming the first cutter to
circumnavigate the North American Continent
Performed ice breaking duty until 1972
Converted to Medium Endurance Cutter
Decommissioned in 2007
Known as the Galloping Coast of the Alaskan Coast
Queen of the Fleet 1991 to 2007
USCGC Eastwind
WAGB 279
269 Wind 1944 - 1968 Built for combat operations in Greenland
First American ship class capable of arctic ice breaking operations
Only One of the original 4 Wind Class to not go to Russia
Primary cutter in the Externstein siezure
Several Operation Deep Freeze deployments after the war
19 January 1949: Collided with tanker Gulfstream
First Wind Class decommissioned
CGH Yes Yes
WIX 295
295 Barque 1946 - Active Built in 1936 and named Horst Wessel
a stormtrooper who wrote the Nazi party anthem
and died fighting German Communists in 1930
Traing ship in the German Navy
Siezed as a war prize in 1946
Commissioned into the Coast Guard as the Academy training cutter
Only sailing vessel in commissioned US service
America's Tall Ship
CGH Yes  
USCGC Tamaroa
WMEC 166
(ex USS Zuni
ATF 66)
205' Apache Class
Fleet Tug (ATF)
1946 - 1994 Commissioned in 1943 as USS Zuni
Acquired by the Coast Guard in 1946
Served in NY until 1985, then in New Castle, NH
14 March 1963 - Became the first Coast Guard submarine
In drydock when discruntled crewman opened the seacocks
sinking both the drydock and the Tam
Famous for participating in the "No Name Storm of Halloween 1991"
Made famous by the book and movie Perfect Storm
The cutter in the movie was digital
The producers chose to depict Tam as a sleek cutter with a flight deck
even though she was a matronly old tug boat
The last of the post-war Navy acquisitions to de decommissioned
Currently a museum ship in Richmond, VA
CGH Yes  
USCGC Acushnet
(ex USS Shackel)
213' Diver Class
Rescue Ship (ARS)
1946 - 2011 Commissioned in 1944 as USS Shackle (ARS 9)
Transferred to the Coast Guard in 1946
Served in Boston
Took part in the Two Tankers Rescue in 1952
and on International Ice Patrol cruises
1968 to 1971: Oceanographic Research Cutter (WAGO)
Attached to Office of Naval Research
and Scripps Oceanographic Institute
as part of the NOAA National Data Buoy Project
Became known as NOAA's Ark
1978: desiganted a Medium Endurance Cutter
1990: transferred to Eureka, CA and operated in Alaskan waters
1998: Transferred to Ketchikan, AK
Queen of the Fleet from 2007 to 2011
CGH Yes  
USCGC Courier
338 C1-M-AV1
Cargo Ship
1952 - 1972 Built in 1945 as the Coastal Messanger
Transferred to the Department of State in 1952
Converted to communications vessel for use in Operation Vagabond
The idea was to broadcast the Voice of America
to countries behind the Iron Curtain
The ship could easily move from hot spot to hot spot as needed
For political reasons, the Navy could not operate the vessel
So the Coast Guard acquired a new mission
22 August 1952 - On station off Rhodes Greece
Originally used a barrage baloon to hold the antenna aloft
After a few baloons sailed over Turkey,
the antenna was attached to the forward mast
July 1964 - operations moved ashore - Courier ordered home
Longest USCGC deployment in history
Served as a Port Security training cutter till 1972
USCGC CG 36500 36' Motor Life Boat 1952 - 1972 On 18 February 1952 a nor'easter was blowing hard off New England
The tankers Fort Mercer and Pendleton both broke in half
BM1 Bernard Webber, Station Chatham, took CG36500 out
Crew: Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey, Ervin Maske
Webber saved 33 out of 34 men on the stern of Pendleton
All 4 Coastguardsmen were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal
CG 36500 is now berthed at Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA
Added to the National Historic Register in 2005
USCGC Alex Haley
(ex USS Edenten
282 Edenton Class
Salvage and Rescue Ship (ATS)
2000 - Active Commissioned in 1971 as USS Edenton
Acquired by the Coast Guard in 1999
Named for author Alex Haley
Serves in Alaska
Alex Haley joined the Coast Guard in 1939 as a Steward
He developed his writing skills during the Pacific war
After the war he petitioned the Coast Guard to creat
a photojournalist rate
Haley was the first Coast Guard PJ and the first PJ Chief Petty Officer
Haley retired from the Coast Guard in 1959
He worked as an interviewer for Playboy
and had an impressive list of interviewees
His first book was The Autobiography on Malcolm X
In 1976 he published Roots
Haley died in 1992
USRC Dolly Brig 1805 - 1807 Most heavily armed RC (14 6 pounders)
But too large for revenue work
USLHT Pharos Unknown 1854 - 1907 Last sailing tender in service      
USRC Mahoning/
Levi Woodbury
Pawtuxet 1863 - 1915 Longest serving Revenue Cutter
Sold into merchant service and lost in 1932
(later (Comanche)
  1896 - 1930 The RCS 1897 Annual report noted that Windom
was the first attempt to build a "modern" cutter
Windom was completed in 1896
Fully watertight hull, longitudinal and transverse bulkheads
and triple expansion steam plant capable of 15 kts
Fought in the Spanish-American War and WWI
Renamed Commanche in 1914
USRC/USCGC McCullouch Steam barkentine 1897 - 1917 Largest RC (219')
Steam Barkentine
Assigned to Commodore Dewey's Asiatic Fleet and fought at Manila Bay
The first Cutter to transit the Suez Canal and Indian Ocean
Lost in a collision on 13 June 1917
USRC/USCGC Pamlico 158'
WPR 50
  1907 - 1946 Designed with a shallow draft for inland cruising
Stationed in New Bern, NC and became a fixture in the community
Transported many Congressional and press parties to New Bern
Naval Reserve training ship in WWI
Classified a WPR in 1939 and served through WWII
One of her crewmen from 1940 to 1943 was Steward's Mate Alex Haley
When informed of her pending decommissioning, New Bern had their
Congressman intercede with the Commandant to save the ship
Finally decommissioned on 6 September 1946 after 40 years of service
A plaque commemorating her service was dedicated on 28 April 1990
Alex Haley helped in the dedication
USRC/USCGC Androscoggin   1908 - 1921 Largest wooden RC (210')
Built specifically as an icebreaker
Show piece of the service for many years
Hosted several diplomats and conferences
Last wooden hulled Cutter in service
WAGL 207
  1917 - 1950 Largest tender ever built for the LHS (1,970 tons)
First tender equipped with a radio
USLHT/USCGC Acacia 172'
WAGL 200
(ex USAMP Gen
John F. Story
Speedwell Class MP
Ilex Class Tender
1927 - 1942 Only buoy tender sunk by a u-boat CGH    
USLHT/USCGC Juniper 177'
WAGL 224
  1940 - 1975 Last vessel designed by USLHS      
USCGC Muskeget
WAG 48
  1942 - 1942 Only OWS vessel sunk by a u-boat CGH Yes  
(ex Governor Cobb)
WPG 181
  1943 - 1946 1906 - First turbine propelled commercial ship in US
Training ship in WWIEASRSEAFRON in WWII
Stationed in Boston after the war
1944 - Converted to a helicopter carrier
Instrumental in proving the concept of helo ops from ships
Recognized as the first helicopter carrier
USCGC Nantucket Lightship
  1986 Last lightship station decommissioned CGH
  1986 Last US ship to man an ocean weather station CGH Yes  
Famous Vessels
That Were Cutters
USRC Henrietta Schooner 1861 - 1862 James Gordon Bennet's personal yacht
He commanded her while in USRCS service
Later belonged to New York Yacht Club
Won Great Ocean Transatlantic Race in 1866
USRC Naugatuck
(aka EA Stevens,
Steamship 1861 - 1870 Built in 1844 by H. R. Durham
Acquired by Edwin Stevens
Stevens intended to develop a semi-sumersible ironclad
It would present a difficult target in the submerged state
Converted Naugatuck into a prototype "Stevens Battery"
Turned over to the RCS for trials
Used by the Navy in the Civil War to some success
But not enough to fund further development
Served the RCS until 1870
Ultimate fate unknown
(former Galveston
aka Frank Galveston)
Twin Screw Tug 1900 - 1937 Commissioned in 1891 as Galveston
Renamed Apache in 1900
Decommissioned in 1937 and transferred to the Army
Used as radio transmission ship
General Douglas MacArthur's "I have returned" speech
was broadcasted from her deck
USCGC Electra
WPC 187
165B Thetis 1934 - 1936 1936 - Decommissioned
1936 - 1945 USS Potomac (AG-25) - President Roosevelt's yacht
1945 - Recommissioned as CGC Electra
1946 - Maryland Tidewater Fisheries Commission
1960 - Privately owned
1980 - Siezed as a drug runner
Currently owned by the Potomac Association in Oakland
USCGC Joseph Conrad
  1939 - 1942 Built in 1882 as the Danish traing vessel Georg Stage
Acquired by Coast Guard in 1939
Used in merchant marine training
Sailed in the 1941 Havava Yacht Race
Decommissioned in 1942
Donated to Mystic Seaport as a museum ship
USS/USCGC Nourmahal
WPG 72
  1940 - 1946 William Vincent Astor's personal yacht
Voluntaruily turned over to the Coast Guard in 1940
Transferred to the Navy in 1943 with Coast Guard crew
Transferred back to Coast Guard in 1944
Served as OWS vessel, Flagship of EASTSEAFRON
and as a harbor tow vessel at Coast Guard Yard
Returned to Astor in 1946
USCGC Delta Queen
  1941 - 1943 Yes, THAT Delta Queen
Began life as a in 1926 as excursion boat on the Sacramento River
Used by CG for merchant marine training from 1941 to 1943
Used by the Navy in WWII
Moved to the Missippi River in 1946
Listed on National Registry of Historic Places in 1970
Declared National Historic Landmark in 1989
Ceased operations in 2008
Currently a a hotel/resteraunt in Chattanooga
USCGC Atlantic
WIX 271
185 Gaff Rigged
Racing Schooner
1941 - 1947 Launched in 1903 as a three masted gaff rigged racing schooner
1905 Won Kaiser's Cup with an Atlantic crossing
of 12 days, 4 hrs, 1 min, 19 sec
Record stood for 75 years before being broken by a trimaran
Record stood for a mono-hull until 2002
WWI - Submarine mother ship
Served as an Academy training cutter in WWII
Scrapped in 1982
Full sixe replica built in 2010
Link Yes  
USCGC Danmark
WIX 283
295 Barque 1942 - 1945 Danish Navy cadet training ship commanded by Captain Knud Hansen
Sailing in US waters when Germany invaded Denmark
Hansen sailed into Jacksonville and sought asylum
When US entered the war, Hansen volunteered his ship and crew as a training ship
For the duration of the war Danmark was the UCSGA training cutter
Returned to Denmark after the war
Wiki Yes  
(ex Hussar)
182 Yacht 1941 - 1942 Built in 1923 as E. F. Hutten's yacht Hussar
Norwegian shipping magnate Unger Vetlesen renamed her Vema
Donated to the American war effort by Vetlesen's wife
Originally used in coastal patrol then in merchant marine training
Became a Lamont-Doherty oceanographic research vessel
Vema Seamount and Vema Channel are named for her
1982 - operated by Windjammer Barefoot Cruises as Mandalay
Laid up in 2008 when Windjammer went out of business
USCGC Gertrude L. Thebaud
WYPc 386
Gloucester Fishing Schooner 1942 - 1945 Financed by Louis Thebaud and named for his wife
Built in Gloucester, MA in 1930
Last if the Glouster-built Grand Banks fishing schooners
Designed and built specifically to capture the International
Fisherman's Trophy from the Nova Scotian fleet
1931: Lost two straigt races to the Canadian schooner Bluenose
1933: Carried a delgation to Washngton on behahalf of the
fishing industry - FDR toured the ship at that time
1933: Part of the Chicago World's Fair
1937: Part of the Donald McMillan Arctic Expedition to Frobisher Bay
1938: Lost 3 out of 5 races to Bluenose
Last year the competition was held - Blunose retired undefeated
Served the Coast Guard in WWII - EASTSEAFRON
20 May 1945: Left Gloucester for the Caribbean trade
February 1948: Driven onto a breakwater in Venezuela and broke up
Link Yes  
USCGC Sea Cloud
316 OWS Yacht 1942 - 1944 Built in 1931 as E. F. Hutton's 4 masted luxury yacht Hussar II
Bought by Joseph Davis, US Ambasador to Russia
Acquired by the Navy in 1942 for OWS duty
CO, LT Carlton Skinner, received permission to train minorities
in rates other tha steward
Eventually 50 black enlisted and 2 officers served aboard Sea Cloud
Skinner reported no loss in proficiency in this first experiment
in integration at sea
Returned to owner after the war
CGH Yes  
USCGC Mayflower
(ex USS Butte)
WPG 183
  1943 - 1946 Built in 1896 as a luxury yacht for Ogden Goelet and named for him
Acquired by the Navy in 1898 as USS Mayflower
Served in the Spanish America War
Served as Commodore Dewey's Flagship in the Asiatic Fleet
Served as Presidential yacht from 1906 to 1929
Treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War was negotiated on board
Decommissioned by Hoover as an economic savings
Series of commercial owners through the Great Depression
Acquired by the Navy in 1942 as USS Butte
Recommissioned CGC Mayflower in 1943
Involved in smuggling Jews into Israel in 1948
Ultimate fate unknown
NS Yes  
USCGC East Breeze
(ex SNS Externstein)
  1944 - 1944 German supply ship in Greenland
Captured by CGC Eastwind on 15 October 1944
The only German surface ship captured in WWII
Taken into Service as USCGC East Breeze
Turned over to the Navy on 24 January 1945 as USS Callao