U.S. Coast Guard Gunboats and Cruising Cutters - Before 1915

Most recent update: February 14, 2016.


This table attempts to list all the gunboats and cruising cutters built or acquired by the various agencies that were brought together as the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915, ordered by the year in which they entered service.  It does not include chartered vessels and it does not include vessels that are known to have been less than 50 feet in length, unless they are among the very early, historically significant, vessels.  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 timcolton@aol.com

Name Class Built By Location LDT LOA Built Disposition
Active First Ten David Stodder Baltimore MD 58 59 1791 Sold 1798
Argus First Ten Unknown New London CT 49 48 1791 Sold 1804
General Green First Ten Unknown Philadelphia PA     1791 Sold 1798
Massachusetts First Ten Unknown Newburyport MA 70 61 1791 Sold 1792
Scammel First Ten Unknown Unknown 52 58 1791 Sold 1798
Vigilant First Ten Unknown Unknown 35 48 1791 Sold 1798
Virginia First Ten Unknown Unknown 47 56 1791 Unknown
Diligence First Ten Unknown Washington NC 40   1792 Sold 1798
North Carolina First Ten Unknown Unknown     1792 Sold 1798
Eagle First Ten Unknown Savannah GA 56 56 1793 Sold 1799
South Carolina First Ten Unknown Unknown 35   1793 Sold 1798
Massachusetts   Adna Bates Cohasset MA 50   1793 Sold 1804
Diligence   Joshua Humphries Philadelphia PA 135 58 1797 Sold 1802
General Greene   William Price Baltimore MD 98   1797 Sold 1802
Eagle Second Seven W. & A. Brown Philadelphia PA 187 77 1798 Sold 1801
Governor Gilman Second Seven Hackett Portsmouth NH 103 72 1798 Sold 1801
Governor Jay Second Seven Unknown New York 187 58 1798 Unknown
Pickering Second Seven Merrill Newburyport MA 135 77 1798 Lost 1800
Pinckney Second Seven Unknown Charleston SC 195 62 1798 Sold 1800
Scammel Second Seven Hackett Portsmouth NH 132 58 1798 Sold 1801
South Carolina Second Seven Unknown Charleston SC 130 58 1798 Sold 1803
Bee (ex-Bon Pere)   Unknown Unknown       Captured 1799, sold 1801
Patriot   Unknown Hampton VA     1800 Sold 1805
Massachusetts   Unknown Boston MA 62 58 1801 Sold 1814
St Marys Galley Unknown St. Marys GA   52   Acquired from USN 1801, disposition unknown
Governor Williams Galley Unknown Wilmington NC   52   Acquired from USN 1802, lost 1806
Collector (ex-Kitty)   Unknown Unknown       Acquired 1802, sold 1806
General Greene   Unknown Unknown     1802 Sold 1808
Jefferson   Unknown Unknown     1802 Sold 1817
New Hampshire   Unknown Portsmouth NH     1802 Sold 1816
Vigilant   Unknown Unknown     1802 Sold 1807
Diligence   Unknown Unknown     1803 Lost 1806
Argus   Unknown Unknown     1804 Sold 1809
Louisiana   Unknown Baltimore MD 75 70 1804 Sold 1813
Dolly   Unknown Unknown 172   1805 Sold 1807
Hornet (ex-Traveller)   Unknown Unknown 71     Acquired 1805, sold 1806
Gallatin   Unknown Unknown     1807 Lost 1813
Madison   Unknown Baltimore MD     1807 Captured by Britain 1812
Mercury   Unknown Ocracoke NC     1807 Sold 1820
Surveyor    Robert Parsons Baltimore MD 75 68 1807 Captured by Britain 1813
Virginia   Unknown Unknown 75   1807 Unknown
Argus   Unknown Unknown     1809 Sold 1812
Eagle   Unknown Unknown 130 60 1809 Captured by Britain 1814
General Greene   Unknown Unknown     1810 Unknown
Commodore Barry   Unknown Unknown 98   1812 Captured by Britain 1812
Vigilant   Benjamin Marble Newport RI 65 61 1812 Sold 1842
Search Search Cook & Gyles Newport RI 65 61 1815 Sold 1820
Detector Search Cook & Gyles Newport RI 65 61 1815 Sold 1825
Gallatin   Unknown Baltimore MD     1815 Unknown
South Carolina   Unknown Baltimore MD     1815 Unknown
Surprise Surprise A & N Brown New York 51 57 1815 Sold 1817
Dallas Surprise A & N Brown New York 51 57 1816 Sold 1821
Active   Unknown Unknown 38   1816 Sold 1825
Eagle   Unknown Unknown 79   1816 Sold 1829
Monroe   Servant Norfolk VA     1817 Sold 1825
Alert   Christian Berg New York 75 58 1818 Sold 1829
Hornet   Unknown Unknown     1818 Sold 1826
Alabama Alabama Christian Berg New York 56 52 1819 Sold 1833
Louisiana Alabama Christian Berg New York 56 52 1819 Sold 1824
Lookout   Unknown Unknown     1819 Sold 1825
Search   John Wade Boston MA     1820 Unknown
Crawford   Unknown New York     1821 Lost 1829
Florida   Unknown New York 74 63 1822 Sold 1829
Dallas   Andrew Flanigan Baltimore MD 75   1824 Lost 1836
Marion Marion Unknown Baltimore MD 115 79 1825 To Coast Survey 1850
Pulaski  Marion Unknown Baltimore MD 115 79 1825 Sold 1833
Detector Detector Fisher & Webster North Yarmouth ME 62 52 1825 Sold 1832
Wasp Detector Fisher & Webster North Yarmouth ME 62 52 1825 Sold 1831
Louisiana   Unknown New York     1825 Sold 1830
Swiftsure   Unknown New York 110   1825 Later Crawford, sold 1839
Benjamin Rush   Unknown Erie PA 39   1828 Sold 1833
Alert   Unknown Unknown 120 74 1829 Sold 1853
Engineer   Unknown Unknown     1829 Unknown
Portsmouth (ex-Hiram)   Unknown Unknown 61 60 1829 Acquired 1829, sold 1833
Campbell   Unknown New York 60   1830 Sold 1834
Crawford Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1830 Sold 1835
Dexter Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1830 Sold 1841
Richard Rush Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1831 Sold 1848
Wolcott Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1831 Sold 1851
Ingham Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1832 Sold 1836
McLane Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1832 Sold 1840
Washington Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1832 Sold 1837
Jefferson Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1833 Wrecked 1847
Taney Morris-Taney Webb & Allen Brooklyn NY 112 73 1834 Sold 1858
Gallatin Morris-Taney New York NSY Brooklyn NY 112 80 1830 To Coast Survey 1849
Hamilton Morris-Taney New York NSY Brooklyn NY 112 80 1830 Lost 1853
Morris Morris-Taney New York NSY Brooklyn NY 112 80 1831 Sold 1846
Jackson Morris-Taney Washington NSY Washington DC 112 73 1832 Sold 1865
Veto   Unknown Blue Hill ME   50 1832 Sold 1850
Erie   John Justice Presque Isle PA 60   1833 Sold 1849
Campbell   Leonard Oxford MD 40     Acquired 1834, sold 1839
Stoddert   Unknown Unknown 50   1834 Unknown
Washington   McCullry Baltimore MD 190 91 1837 Unknown
Woodbury Woodbury L. H. Duncan Baltimore MD 120 84 1837 Sold 1847
Jefferson Woodbury McCulley Baltimore MD 120 84 1839 Sold 1843
Van Buren   Unknown Baltimore MD 112 80 1839 Sold 1847
Ewing   Unknown Baltimore MD 170 91 1841 To Coast Survey 1849
Forward   William Easby Washington DC 139 89 1842 Sold 1865
Nautilus   Unknown Baltimore MD   76 1838 From Coast Survey 1843, returned 1849
Vigilant   Webb & Curtis New York 50 56 1843 Lost 1844
Spencer Spencer West Point Foundry West Point NY 400 160 1844 Lightship 1848
Legare Spencer Henry R. Dunham New York NY 400 160 1844 To Coast Survey 1847
Tyler Spencer Fort Pitt Foundry Pittsburgh PA 409 160 1845 To Coast Survey 1847
Jefferson Spencer Fort Pitt Foundry Pittsburgh PA 343 160 1845 To Coast Survey 1849
Dallas Spencer Fort Pitt Foundry Pittsburgh PA 391 160 1846 To Coast Survey 1849
Walker Spencer Fort Pitt Foundry Pittsburgh PA 400 160 1847 To Coast Survey 1847
McLane Spencer Cyrus Alger Boston MA 368 160 1845 Sold 1847
Polk Spencer Cyrus Alger Boston MA 409 160 1845 Sold 1847
Lawrence   William Easby Washington DC 144 96 1848 Lost 1851
Morris Morris Brown & Cottrell Baltimore MD 155 102 1848 Sold 1868
Campbell Morris Graves & Ferrebee Portsmouth VA 155 102 1849 Sold 1869
Crawford Morris Jacob Tees Philadelphia PA 155 102 1849 Sold 1869
Duane Morris Jacob Tees Philadelphia PA 155 102 1849 Captured by CSA 1861
Harrison Harrison John Carrick Erie PA 115   1849 Sold 1856
Ingham Harrison John Carrick Erie PA 115   1849 Sold 1856
Cushing Cushing J. M. Hood Somerset MA 136 86 1853 Captured by CSA 1863
Campbell Cushing J. M. Hood Somerset MA 152 81 1853 Lost 1916
Dobbin Cushing J. M. Hood Somerset MA 174 94 1853 Sold 1881
Jefferson Davis Cushing J. M. Hood Somerset MA 174 94 1853 To USPHS 1861
Marcy Cushing J. M. Hood Somerset MA 174 94 1853 To Coast Survey 1862
McClelland Cushing J. M. Hood Somerset MA 174 94 1853 Captured by CSA 1861
Dodge Allen Page & Allen Portsmouth VA 93 80 1855 Captured by CSA 1861
Cass Allen Page & Allen Portsmouth VA 93 80 1855 Captured by CSA 1861
Allen Allen Page & Allen Portsmouth VA 93 80 1855 Unknown
Black Black Merry & Gay Milan OH 50 57 1857 Captured by CSA 1861
Brown Black Merry & Gay Milan OH 50 57 1857 Sold 1864
Cobb Black Merry & Gay Milan OH 50 57 1857 Lost 1861
Floyd Black Merry & Gay Milan OH 50 57 1857 Sold 1864
Thompson Black Merry & Gay Milan OH 50 57 1857 Sold 1870
Toucey Black Merry & Gay Milan OH 50 57 1857 Sold 1859
Harriet Lane   William Webb New York 674 180 1858 Captured by CSA 1863
Aaron V. Brown   Unknown Unknown     1861 Sold 1864
Agassiz   Unknown Baltimore MD 62 58   From Coast Survey 1861, returned 1865
Arago   Unknown Unknown 90     From Coast Survey 1861, returned 1861
Bibb   Boston NSY Charlestown MA 366 150 1847 From Coast Survey 1861, returned 1861
Hercules Hercules Unknown Unknown   100 1861 Sold 1864
Reliance Hercules Unknown Unknown   100 1861 Sold 1865
Tiger Hercules Unknown Unknown   100 1861 Sold 1865
Varina   Unknown Unknown       From Coast Survey 1861, returned 1865
Flora   B. C. Terry Keyport NJ 281 162 1854 Acquired 1854, renamed Nemaha 1864, lost 1868
Miami (ex-Lady LeMachand)   Unknown Scotland 213 115   Acquired 1862, sold 1871
Naugatuck   Henry R. Dunham New York 120 101 1844 Acquired 1862, disposition unknown
Bronx (ex-Andrews)   Unknown Brooklyn NY 220 119 1863 Acquired 1863, foundered 1873
Cuyahoga (ex-Santa Anna)   Unknown Westervelt NY 536 139 1854 Acquired 1863, sold 1867
Ashuelot Pawtuxet Englis New York 350 138 1863 Sold 1876
Kewanee Pawtuxet J. A. Robb Baltimore MD 350 138 1863 Sold 1867
Mahoning Pawtuxet J. W. Lynn Philadelphia PA 350 138 1863 Sold 1915
Pawtuxet Pawtuxet Thomas Stark New York 350 138 1863 Sold 1867
Wayanda Pawtuxet Fardy & Bro. Baltimore MD 350 138 1863 Sold 1874
Antietam Pawtuxet Fardy & Bro. Baltimore MD 350 138 1864 Sold 1867
Kankakee Pawtuxet Gray Westervelt NY 350 138 1864 Sold 1867
Northerner   Unknown Newburgh NY 320 135   Acquired 1864, later Ewing, to USPHS 1892
Seward   Unknown Wilmington DE 240 137 1864 Sold 1901
Commodore Perry   Wright & Whitaker Buffalo NY 404 166 1865 Sold 1883
Delaware (ex-Virginia Dare)   Harlan & Hollingsworth Wilmington DE 350 153 1861 Acquired 1865, renamed McLane 1873, sold 1903
Dix   J. Murphy Newburgh NY 290 144 1865 Sold 1872
Lincoln   Fardy & Bro. Baltimore MD 550 165 1865 Sold 1874
Moccasin (ex-Hero)   Unknown Philadelphia PA 182 104 1864 Acquired from USN 1865, sold 1890
Nansemond (ex-Freeborn)   Unknown New York 325 146 1862 Acquired from USN 1865, later Crawford, sold 1897
Uno (ex-Juniper)   Unknown Camden NJ 116 79   Acquired from USN 1865, sold 1906
Wilderness (ex-Creary)   Unknown Unknown 390 137 1863 Acquired from USN 1865, later Dix, sold 1891
Chase Chase James Murphy Brooklyn NY 500 170 1865 Sold 1875
Johnson Chase J, & R. Gray Buffalo NY 500 172 1865 Sold 1897
Fessenden Chase Peck & Kirby Cleveland OH 500 172 1865 Sold 1907
McCulloch Chase Fardy & Bro. Baltimore MD 500 178 1865 Sold 1876
Sherman Chase Peck & Kirby Cleveland OH 500 172 1866 Sold 1872
Hamlin (ex-Mills)   Unknown Boston MA 65 85 1864 Acquired 1866, sold 1899
Jasmine (ex-Van Houten)   Unknown Brooklyn NY 120 79 1866 Acquired from USN 1866, later Chandler, sold 1903
Mosswood   Unknown Unknown 140 123   Acquired from USA 1866, later McCulloch, sold 1888
Active Active J. W. Lynn Philadelphia PA 120 90 1867 Sold 1875
Resolute Active J. W. Lynn Philadelphia PA 120 90 1867 Sold 1872
Petrel Petrel W. H. Hathord Williamsburg NY 120 85 1867 Sold 1873
Racer Petrel W. H. Hathord Williamsburg NY 120 85 1867 Sold 1873
Reliance Reliance Fardy & Bro. Baltimore MD 227 110 1867 Sold 1875
Vigilant Reliance Fardy & Bro. Baltimore MD 227 110 1867 Unknown
Relief Relief Birely, Hillman Philadelphia PA 120 92 1867 Unknown
Rescue Relief Birely, Hillman Philadelphia PA 120 92 1867 Sold 1874
Guthrie (ex-Loane)   Unknown Unknown 69 85   Acquired 1868, sold 1882
Colfax   Dialogue & Wood Philadelphia PA 250 140 1864 Acquired 1871, sold 1924
Fern   Delamater New York 548 160 1871 To USN 1891
Gallatin   David Bell Buffalo NY 250 137 1871 Sank 1892
Grant   Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 350 163 1871 Sold 1906
Hamilton   David Bell Buffalo NY 250 133 1871 Sold 1906
Stevens   Unknown Unknown       Sold 1890
Boutwell   David Bell Buffalo NY 198 138 1873 Sold 1907
Manhattan   Chas. Widener Chester PA 147 102 1873 Later Arundel, sold 1928
Wolcott   Risdon IW San Francisco CA 235 155 1873 Sold 1897
Dallas Dexter W. Fessenden Portland ME 179 140 1874 Sold 1908
Dexter Dexter Atlantic IW Boston MA 179 140 1874 Sold 1908
Rush Dexter Atlantic IW Boston MA 179 140 1874 Rebuilt 1885
Hartley   Risdon IW San Francisco CA 65 64 1875 Sold 1919
Corwin   Oregon IW Portland OR 227 141 1876 Sold 1900
Tench Coxe   William T. Maister Baltimore MD 39 71 1876 Sold 1893
Salmon P. Chase    Thomas Brown Philadelphia PA 142 115 1878 To USPHS 1907
Forward    Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 267 155 1882 Sold 1912
Guthrie   Ramsey, H. A. Baltimore MD 126 85 1882 Sold 1894
Fessenden   Union Drydock Buffalo NY 330 192 1883 Sold 1907
Penrose (ex-Josie R)   Unknown Tottenville NY 38 67   Acquired 1883, sold 1924
Perry   Union Drydock Buffalo NY 282 165 1884 Lost 1910
Bear   Alex. Stephen Dundee, Scotland 703 198 1874 Acquired 1885, museum 1929
Rush   Hall Brothers San Francisco CA 300 175 1885 Sold 1913
Morrill   Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 288 145 1889 Sold 1928
Winona   Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 321 148 1890 Sold 1915
Galveston   Reeder & Sons Baltimore MD 416 190 1891 Later Apache, scrapped 1950
Sperry   Unknown Unknown       Sold 1905
Hudson   John H. Dialogue Camden NJ 128 95 1893 Sold 1935
Guthrie   Spedden Sbldg. Baltimore MD 149 87 1895 Sold 1942
Tybee   John H. Dialogue Camden NJ 28 67 1895 Sold 1930
Guard   Unknown Unknown 22 65 1896 Sold 1912
Scout    Unknown Port Townsend WA 22 65 1896 Sold 1915
Windom    Iowa IW Dubuque IA 670 171 1896 Later Comanche, sold 1930
McCulloch McCulloch Cramp Shipbuilding Philadelphia PA 1,280 219 1897 Sank 1917
Gresham McCulloch Globe Iron Works Cleveland OH 1,090 205 1897 Later WPG 85, sold 1944 as T. V. McAllister, later Trade Winds 1947, Hatikva 1949, scrapped 1951
Algonquin McCulloch Globe Iron Works Cleveland OH 1,090 205 1898 Sold 1930
Onondaga McCulloch Globe Iron Works Cleveland OH 1,090 205 1898 Sold 1924
Manning McCulloch Atlantic Iron Works East Boston MA 1,150 205 1898 Sold 1930
Nunivak    William H. Birch San Francisco CA 486 209 1899 Sold 1901
Thetis   Alex. Stephen Dundee, Scotland 1,250 188 1881 Acquired 1899, sold 1916
Seminole   Columbian Iron Works Baltimore MD 845 188 3-Sep-00 Sold 1934
Tuscarora   Trigg, William R. Richmond VA 620 178 27-Dec-02 Sold 1936
Mohawk   Trigg, William R. Richmond VA 980 205 10-May-04 Sank 1917
McCulloch   Cramp Shipbuilding Philadelphia PA 1,280 219 1897 Later WPG 3, sank 1917
Androscroggin   Rodermond SB Tompkins Cove NY 1,200 185 8-Jul-08 Later WPG 14, sold 1922
Pamlico   Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 455 158 26-Jul-07 Later WPG 15, sold 1947
Snohomish   Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 800 138 15-Nov-08 Later WPG 16, sold 1934
Seneca   Newport News Sbldg. Newport News VA 1,445 202 12-Nov-08 Later WPG 17, sold 1936
Acushnet   Newport News Sbldg. Newport News VA 800 138 6-Nov-08 Later WPG 18, to USN as AT 63
Tahoma   New York Ship Camden NJ 1,215 192 28-Oct-08 Later WPG 20, ran aground and sank 1914
Yamacraw   New York Ship Camden NJ 1,215 192 15-Jan-09 Later WPG 21, sold 1937
Miami   Newport News Sbldg. Newport News VA 1,180 190 19-Aug-12 Later WPG 51, later Tampa, lost 1918
Unalga   Newport News Sbldg. Newport News VA 1,180 190 23-May-12 Later WPG 53, scrapped 1946
Ossipee   Newport News Sbldg. Newport News VA 964 165 28-Jul-15 Later WPG 50, scrapped 1949
Tallapoosa   Newport News Sbldg. Newport News VA 912 165 12-Aug-15 Later WPG 52, scrapped 1946