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USCGC Comanche

Call sign (Early 1919):
George - Vice - Dog - Tare

Call sign (Late 1919):
Nan - Rush - Watch

ex-USRC Comanche
ex-USS Comanche
ex-USRC Comanche

Call sign (1912):
Rush - Cast - Watch

ex-USRC Windom

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

Revenue Cutter:

  • Built in 1896 by the Iowa Iron Works, Dubuque, IA
  • Accepted 11 May 1896
  • Completed in Baltimore, MD and commissioned USRC Windom 30 June 1896
  • Transferred to the Navy 24 March 1898
  • Returned to the Revenue Cutter Service 17 August 1898
  • Decommissioned 12 September 1911 at Arundel Cove, MD
  • Recommissioned 1 November 1911
  • Decommissioned 15 January 1915 at Arundel Cove
  • Renamed Comanche 13 December 1915
  • Recommissioned 8 January 1916
  • Transferred to the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Comanche 11 April 1917
  • Struck from the Navy list 1 August 1919
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Decommissioned for repairs 17 April 1920 at Key West, FL
  • Recommissioned in July 1920
  • Decommissioned 31 July 1930 at Arundel Cove
  • Sold 13 November 1930 to the Weiss Motor Lines of Baltimore
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 670 t.
  • Length 170' 8"
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 9' 6"
    1919 - 13' 5"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 49
    1918 - 76
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two 6-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 315hp verticle triple expansion inverted direct acting steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USRC Windom
    Comanche 93k 9 April 1898
    Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA
    Being outfitted for service in the Spanish American War; note the armor plating over her bridge windows and the various types of uniforms worn by her crew
    Coast Guard History Website
    Comanche 86k In drydock at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 9 April 1898
    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives
    National Archives photo 19-N-19-21-12
    Robert Hurst
    Comanche 50k Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    USCGC Comanche
    Comanche 45k c. 1920 Coast Guard History Website

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Robert F. Spangenberg, USNRF1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    View the Comanche
    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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