USRC Miami (1862)

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Career (US)
Operator: United States Revenue Marine
Cost: 25,000US$[1]
Launched: 1853 as Lady Le Marchant
Acquired: 28 January 1862
Commissioned: 28 January 1862
Decommissioned: 19 April 1871
Fate: Sold to Mason, Hobbs & Co.; Philadelphia for 2,149 US$
Notes: Former British yacht, Lady Le Marchant
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 213 tons
Length: 115'
Propulsion: 2-cylinder steam engine, 1 screw
Complement: unknown
Armament: 1 x 24 pounder; 1 x 12 pounder

The USRC Miami was purchased by the Revenue Cutter Service from Arthur Leary for $25,000 and was formerly the Lady Le Marchant, a 115 foot schooner-rigged steamer with a hull of teak planks over oak frames.[1][2] After outfitting she was stationed briefly in Washington, D.C. In April, 1862 she transported President Abraham Lincoln and others to Hampton Roads, Virginia soon after the Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads CSS Virginia (ex-USS Merrimac) and the USS Monitor.[1] After a transfer to New York City, she was tasked with escorting the captured Confederate steamer Chesapeake from Halifax, Nova Scotia to New York City on 15 March 1864.[2] The Miami underwent repairs at Newport, Rhode Island after being transferred there in November, 1864. Additional repairs were done during 1867 at Staten Island and then she saw service out of Wilmington, Delaware until being sold to Mason, Hobbs & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for $2,149 on 19 April 1871.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Canney, pp 31–32
  2. ^ a b c Record of Movements, p 417
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