U.S.C.G. Tenders Built or Acquired before 1915

Most recent update: April 26, 2019.

This table lists those tenders and other service vessels that were built for or acquired by the various agencies that were brought together as the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915.  It does not include chartered vessels or vessels that were less than 50 feet in length.  There are many gaps in the historical data and in some cases a vessel's size is not known or it is not clear whether it was built for the service or acquired from a commercial owner.  If you have any additional data or see any errors, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com  
Name Built By Location LDT LOA Built Acq'd Disposition
Sunbeam Unknown Unknown 100     1852 Sold 1870
Franklin Pierce (ex-Zendrico) Unknown Unknown 80     1853 Sold 1865
Heroine Unknown Unknown 70     1853 Returned 1855
Lookout Doyle & Irwin Elizabeth City VA     1853 1853 Sold 1858
Spray Unknown Unknown 48     1853 Sold 1879
Wave Unknown Unknown 77 65 1853 1853 Sold 1861
William R. King (ex-The Knight) Unknown Unknown 81   1853 1853 Captured by CSA 1861
Elizabeth Unknown Unknown       1854 Disposition unknown
Fairy Unknown Unknown 30     1854 Lost 1854
George Steers Unknown Unknown 61 63 1854 1854 Sold 1861
Pharos (ex-H. H. Talman) Unknown Unknown       1854 Sold 1908
Aiken (ex-Eclipse) Unknown Unknown 83     1855 Captured by CSA 1861
Alert (ex-Lookout) Unknown Unknown       1855 Captured by CSA 1861
Bowen Unknown Baltimore MD 75 77 1853 1855 Lost 1872
Governor Aiken Unknown Unknown     1855 1855 Sold 1858
North Wind Unknown Unknown       1855 Captured by CSA 1861
Active Unknown Unknown     1856 1856 Sold 1866
Challenge Unknown Unknown       1856 Later Lamplighter, sold 1862
Delaware Unknown Unknown 138   1856 1856 Later Wave, sold 1879
Lenox Unknown Unknown 710   1850 1856 Sold 1857
Vigilant (ex-Mirror) Unknown Unknown     1856 1856 Sold 1866
Watchful (ex-Skylark) Unknown Unknown 146   1856 1856 Sold 1867
Howell Cobb Unknown New York 90   1857 1857 Captured by CSA 1861
Firefly Unknown Unknown 85 75   1852 Later Jasper, captured by CSA 1861
Minot Unknown Unknown 60   1857 1857 Sold 1860
Ranger Unknown Unknown 77     1857 Sold 1865
Shubrick Philadelphia NSY Philadelphia PA 305 141 1857 1857 Sold 1886
Van Santvoort Unknown Unknown 110 100 1853 1857 Later Coeur de Lion, sold 1866
Appleton Page & Allen Portsmouth VA 35   1858 1858 Wrecked 1861
Helen Unknown Unknown       1858 Captured by CSA 1861
Granite Unknown Unknown 75   1860 1860 Sold 1866
Chase Unknown Unknown 57   1856 1861 Sold 1860
Martha Unknown Unknown 40     1862 Captured by CSA 1864
Belle (ex-Belle Stevens) Unknown St. Joseph MI 115 88 1863 1863 Sold 1874
Dupont (ex-Anna Deane) Unknown Unknown       1863 Captured from CSA 1863, sold 1870
Cactus (ex-Polar Star) Unknown Brooklyn NY 242 141 1863 1865 Sold 1909
Chaos Unknown Unknown 57   1865 1865 Sold 1866
General Putnam (ex-Putnam) Unknown Brooklyn NY     1957 1865 Sold 1893
Geranium (ex-John A. Dix) Unknown Newburgh NY 356 128 1863 1865 Sold 1910
Heliotrope (ex-Maggie Baker) Unknown Unknown 239 134 1863 1865 Sold 1881
Iris (ex-Willet Rowe) Unknown Brooklyn NY 281 87 1863 1865 Sold 1892
Haze (ex-Merchant) Henry Mallory Mystic CT 328 137   1867 Sold 1905
Narragansett Unknown Unknown     1862 1867 Later Mignonette, lost 1887
Sunrise Unknown Unknown 12   1867 1867 Sold 1875
Sunset Unknown Unknown 12   1867 1867 Sold 1875
Susan Unknown Unknown 12   1867 1867 Sold 1875
Maggie Unknown Unknown 95 81   1868 Sold 1879
Tulip (ex-Seymour) B. C. Terry Keyport NJ 169 120 1860 1865 Sold 1881
Alanthus Cramp SB Philadelphia PA 295 135 1870 1870 Sold 1882
Verbena Cramp SB Philadelphia PA 295 135 1870 1870 Sold 1911
General Poe Birely, Hillman Philadelphia PA 231 60 1870 1870 Unknown
Ivy (ex-Commodore) Unknown Unknown 231 60 1865 1870 Sold 1875
Rose Unknown Unknown 36 64 1870 1870 Sold 1881
Arbutus (ex-Aaron Wilbur) B. C. Terry Keyport NJ   125 1862 1871 Sold 1875
Magnolia (ex-George E. Smoot) Unknown Unknown 118 97   1871 Sold 1882
Violet (ex-Martha Washington) Unknown Elizabethport NJ 231 107 1864 1871 Sold 1910
Warrington J. M. Jones Detroit MI 410 260 1868 1870 Sold 1910
Dandelion (ex-C. W. Thomas) Unknown Boston MA 264 132 1863 1872 Sold 1878
Mistletoe Robinson Hoffman Chester PA 476 137 1872 1872 Sold 1922
Myrtle Birely, Hillman Philadelphia PA 542 140 1872 1872 Sold 1922
Atlantic Unknown Unknown     1873 1873 To Coast Survey
Daisy (ex-On Time) Unknown Unknown 44 91 1869 1873 To Coast Survey 1885
Dahlia Neafie & Levy Philadelphia PA 426 141 1874 1874 Sold 1909
Lily Unknown Jeffersonville IN 507 178 1875 1875 Wrecked 1911
Laurel  Columbian IW Baltimore MD 320 134 1876 1876 Sold 1909
Pansy Baird & Huston Philadelphia PA 454 152 1878 1878 Sold 1933
Pink (ex-Louisa) Unknown Unknown 23 74 1875 1878 Sold 1881
Arbutus William T. Maister Baltimore MD   153 1879 1879 Sold 1925
Nettle  Unknown New York 22 58 1879 1879 Sold 1911
Joseph Henry Howard's SY Jeffersonville IN 453 180 1880 1880 Sold 1904
Manzanita H. A. Ramsey Baltimore MD 484 152 1880 1880 Sold 1908
Holly Maister & Reaney Baltimore MD 499 156 1881 1881 Sold 1931
Jessamine Maister & Reaney Baltimore MD 499 156 1881 1881 Sold 1922
Ivy (ex-La Belle) Unknown Unknown 48 100 1880 1880 Sold 1888
Wistaria Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 450 167 1882 1882 To USPHS 1911
Grace Darling Unknown Unknown 107 92   1883 Later Rose, sold 1899
John Rodgers  Ward, Stanton Newburgh NY 571 160 1883 1883 Sold 1922
Madroņo John H. Dialogue Camden NJ 806 180 1885 1885 Sold 1927
Gardenia (ex-Beale) Unknown East Deering ME 245 117   1888 Sold 1919
Goldenrod Sweeney & Bros. Jeffersonville IN 283 150 1888 1888 Sold 1924
Zizania H. A. Ramsey Brooklyn NY 643 161 1888 1888 Sold 1925
Clover  William McKie East Boston MA 440 126 1889 1889 Sold 1900
Armeria John H. Dialogue Camden NJ 1,052 202 1890 1890 Wrecked 1912
Marigold Detroit Dry Dock Wyandotte MI 587 159 1890 1890 Sold 1946
Thistle (ex-Cynthia) John C. Froelich Baltimore MD 32 60 1890 1890 Sold 1912
Azalea  Johnson Foundry New York 516 154 1891 1891 Sold 1933
Laurel Unknown Baltimore MD 312 134  1891 1891 Sold 1898
Amaranth Cleveland SB Cleveland OH 1,125 166 1892 1892 Sold 1946
Columbine Globe IW Cleveland OH 643 155 1892 1892 Sold 1927
Lilac Globe IW Cleveland OH 643 155 1892 1892 Sold 1925
Maple Moore & Sons Elizabethport NJ 799 164 1893 1893 Sold 1933
Leal Unknown New York NY 5 25 1894 1894 Sold 1907
Daisy (ex-Genevieve) Edward Clark New Bedford MA 84 54 1872 1895 Sold 1928
Water Lily Gas Engine & Power Morris Heights NY 39 69 1895 1895 Sold 1929
Snowdrop Gas Engine & Power Morris Heights NY 39 69 1897 1897 Sold 1924
Mangrove Crescent SY Elizabethport NJ 821 164 1897 1897 Scrapped 1947
Mayflower Bath Iron Works Bath ME 650 164 1897 1897 Later Hydrangea, sold 1945
Iris (ex-Plymouth) Neafie & Levy Philadelphia PA 606 153 1897 1899 Sold 1934