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USCG IMAGE

USRC HARRIET LANE
1861

A contract for building the HARRIET LANE at a cost of $140.000 was awarded to William H. Webb of New York on June 13, 1857. On April 2, 1858 she received orders assigning her to New York, and reported to the Collector of Customs for duty on the 5th of April under command of Captain John Faunce, of the U.S. Revenue (Marine) Cutter Service. From 1858 to 1859, under Captain Faunce, she served with the Naval Expedition to Paraguay.
Throughout its history, the U.S. Coast Guard has operated under the Navy Department in times of war. When the Civil War erupted, the HARRIET LANE being transferred to the Navy Department on September 10, 1861, was assigned to the South Atlantic and Gulf Blockading fleets. While standing off with a Navy relief squadron during the bombardment of Fort Sumter, April 12-14th, 1861, the Cutter HARRIET LANE hailed the steamer NASHVILLE which refused to show her colors. At orders of Captain Faunce, the HARRIET LANE fired a shot across the rebel's bow to bring about the desired effect. That shot was the first one fired from a vessel in the Civil War.
The HARRIET LANE was capture by the Confederates off Galveston, Texas, in 1865 and taken to Havana. She was brought to New York in Februry 1867 by Captain Faunce, and subsequently was changed to a bark rigged vessel and renamed the ELLYOTT RYTCHIE. Becoming waterlogged off Pernembuso, she was abandoned in the spring of 1884. (USCG)
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USCG IMAGE from the Harper's Weekly 8-10-1861

USRC HENRIETTA

The 160-ton yacht HENRIETTA, which the Federal Government purchased among other private vessels for blockade duty, served as a Revenue Cutter from 1861 to 1862 of the Civil War. Her former owner, James Gordon Rennett, Jr., son of the famed editior of the New York Herald, was commissioned a Third Lieutenant to command her. He reported to the HENRIETTA after her outfitting and commissioning as other Revenue Cutters on June 19, 1861. He resigned May 11, 1862, about when the yacht was withdrawn from service. The cruising grounds of the cutter were between Long Island and Port Royal, South Carolina.
The Revenue Cutter Service was a forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard. (USCG)
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USCG PHOTO

USRC FORWARD

No date available but she was in service from 1882-1912.
(Those three white cylinders are NOT early missiles but rather venting for below decks.)
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USN PHOTO

USS VICKSBURG APRIL 1898

Later became the USRC HAMILTON III
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R. Levesque/G. Brenegan Collection

USRC ITASCA OCTOBER 16, 1909

Arrving Genoa Italy.
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R. Levesque/G. Brenegan Collection

USRC McCULLOCH
C 1910
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USCG PHOTO

USRC GALLATIN
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R. Levesque/G. Brenegan Collection

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