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USCGC Seneca (CG 17)

Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Have - Love

ex-USRC Seneca

Seneca served the U.S. Revenue Service, the Navy and Coast Guard.

Revenue Cutter:

  • Built in 1908 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 18 March 1908
  • Commissioned USRC Seneca 6 November 1908 at Arundel Cove, MD
  • Designated CG-17 in 1915
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Decommissioned 21 March 1936
  • Sold 3 September 1936 to the Boston Iron and Metal Co. of Baltimore, MD
  • Sold to the Texas Refrigeration Steamship Line
  • Reacquired at auction by the Boston Iron and Metal Co.
  • Acquired by the Coast Guard in 1942
  • Transferred to the State of Pennsylvania as a training vessel and renamed Keystone State
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission in 1948
  • Sold for scrap in 1950 to a Maryland firm.


  • Displacement 1,259 t.
    1915 - 1,445 t.
  • Length 204'
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 17' 3"
    1915 - 25' 9"
  • Speed 13.2 kts.
  • Complement 105
  • Armament: Four 6-pounders
    1915 - Four 3"/50 mounts
    1918 - Four 4'/50 mounts, two machine guns and one Y-gun depth charge projector
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one 1,600hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USRC Seneca
    Seneca 66k Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters and Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Schiena Original photo: U.S. Coast Guard
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    Seneca 84k c. 1910 U.S. Coast Guard
    Seneca 80k .
    Seneca 44k c. 1914
    USCGC Seneca
    Seneca 171k c. 1922
    Being painted and receiving routine maintenance possibly at the Washington Navy Yard. At that time and location, the ship also received a new set of guns
    Library of Congress photo No. LC-H234-A-4666
    Mike Green
    Seneca 220k 4 August 1922
    Making adjustments to a 3"/50 gun
    Library of Congress photo LC-F81-20149
    Seneca 164k 4 August 1922
    Seneca, with USS PE-23 moored in the background
    Library of Congress photo LC-F81-20152
    Seneca 44k Photo from the 1924 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT William E. Reynolds, USRCS6 November 1908 - 1909
    02CAPT George C. Carmine, USRCS1909 - 20 July 1911
    03CAPT Charles E. Johnston, USRCS20 July 1911 - 22 July 1914
    04CAPT Francis A. Lewis, USCG22 July 1914 - 9 October 1916
    05CAPT James H. Brown, USCG9 October 1916
    06CAPT William J. Wheeler, USCG - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    August 1917
    07CAPT(T) Muller S. Hay, USCG1919
    08LCDR Henry F. Schoenborn, USCG11 February 1921
    09LCDR Michael N. Usina, USCG11 February 1921
    10LCDR Philip Francis Roach, USCG1924
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for Seneca
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