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USCGC Calumet

Calumet call sign (1895):
George - Vice - Dog - Rush

ex-USRC Calumet

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

Harbor Cutter/Tug:

  • The first Calumet was built in 1894 by David Bell (Bellís Steam Engine Works), Buffalo, NY
  • Commissioned USRC Calumet 18 October 1894
  • Transferred to the Navy during the Spanish American War
  • Returned to the Revenue Cutter Service
  • Transferred again to the Navy 6 April 1917 and commissioned 7 December 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • On first assignment, while handling a prefabricated tunnel section, sank in the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA. Raised by Merritt-Chapman and Scott Corp. derrick Monarch, this in 1951
  • In 1952, she was transferred to work on the St. Lawrence Seaway Project
  • Acquired in 1947 by the New Haven Towing Co, of New Haven, CT, Rebuilt and renamed John F. Drews
  • Acquired in 1950 by the Whaling City Dredge and Dock Corp. Of Groton, CT
  • Caught fire while under tow to Groton off New Haven, CT in Long Island Sound. Wooden cabins and superstructure burned off. Rebuilt and converted to diesel
  • Acquired in 1958 by C. A. Pitts General Contractor, Ltd. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada to 1962
  • Acquired in 1962 by Merritt-Chapman and Scott Corp. of Cleveland, OH in 1967
  • Acquired in 1967 by The Dunbar and Sullivan Dredging Co.of Detroit, MI and renamed William J. Dugan
  • She was then acquired by Bob Billinghton, then Fred Paine of Homer, AK. Where the tug was renamed as the Spanky Paine
  • Abandoned in Homer water in the 1980's
  • Scrapped in 2011 at Homer.


  • Displacement 170 t.
  • Length 94' 6"
  • Beam 20' 6"
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 18
  • Propulsion: One Babcock and and Wilcox oil fired boil, one 350hp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USRC Calumet
    Calumet 327k Original photo: Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Replacement photo: 10 January 1932
    Courtesy of the Coast Guard Tug Association
    Robert Hurst
    Tug William J. Dugan
    Calumet 84k Cleveland, OH Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Tug Spanky Paine
    Calumet Photo by Naomi Klouda from the 19 October 2011 edition of the Homer Tribune, Homer, AK Homer Tribune, Homer, AK

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