USRC Hamilton (1830)

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A Morris-Taney class Revenue Cutter
United States
Namesake: Alexander Hamilton
Builder: New York Navy Yard
Commissioned: 1830
Decommissioned: 9 December 1853[1]
Fate: lost in a gale 1853
General characteristics
Class and type: Morris-Taney-class cutter
Displacement: 112 tons
Length: 78 ft (24 m)
Beam: 20.6 ft (6.3 m)
Draft: 9.7 ft (3.0 m) (aft)
Propulsion: sail
Sail plan: topsail schooner
Crew: 20-24 officers and men
Armament: (4) 6-9 pndrs (typical of class)

The United States Revenue Cutter Hamilton was one of 13 cutters of the Morris-Taney Class to be launched. Named after Secretaries of the Treasury and Presidents of the United States, these cutters were the backbone of the Service for more than a decade. Samuel Humphreys designed these cutters for roles as diverse as fighting pirates, privateers, combating smugglers and operating with naval forces. He designed the vessels on a naval schooner concept. They had Baltimore Clipper lines. The vessels built by Webb and Allen, designed by Isaac Webb, resembled Humphreys' but had one less port.[1]

The Hamilton, the fastest vessel in the class, operated out of Boston for much of her career. She became famous for rescues and saving of property. Josiah Sturgis was her captain for much of this time.[2] She became well known and extremely popular, so much so that music was written entitled the "Hamilton Quick step."[1] The Hamilton transferred to Charleston, South Carolina in 1851 and was lost in a gale two years later.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "(Alexander) Hamilton, (1830)", Cutters, Craft & U.S. Coast Guard-Manned Army & Navy Vessels, U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
  2. ^ a b c Canney, p 14
References cited
  • "(Alexander) Hamilton, (1830)" (pdf). Cutters, Craft & U.S. Coast Guard-Manned Army & Navy Vessels. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  • Canney, Donald L. (1995). U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790–1935. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland. ISBN 978-1-55750-101-1.