Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive

USAS Apache



Call sign:
William - Victor - Love - Charlie

ex-USCGC Apache



Call sign (1924):
Nan - Able - Cast - Boy


Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Boy - Sail

ex-USRC Apache
ex-USRC Galveston

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


Revenue Cutter:

  • The second Apache was built in 1891 as Galveston by Reeder and Sons, Baltimore, MD
  • Launched 16 January 1907
  • Commissioned USRC Galveston 22 August 1891
  • Renamed Apache 30 December 1900
  • Acquired by the Navy in April 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Decommissioned 31 December 1937
  • Reactivated by the Army during World War II and commissioned USAS Apache
  • Converted to a radio transmitter ship in mid-1944 at Sydney, Australia
  • Broadcast General MacArthur's "I have returned" speech 20 October 1944
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Scrapped in 1950.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 708 t.
  • Length 185' 3"
  • Beam 29'
  • Draft 9' 3"
    1919 - 10'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 58
  • Armament: One 3" mount and two machine guns (one Y-gun added in 1918)
  • Propulsion: One Compound expansion steam engine, two shafts (replaced in 1904 by one triple expansion steam engine, one shaft).
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    USRC Galveston
    Apache 195k Coast Guard photo Coast Guard History Website
    USCGC Apache
    Apache 166k Coast Guard photo Coast Guard History Website
    Apache 72k Photo from the Coast Guard History website Robert Hurst
    Apache 190k Mariners Museum photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    Apache 48k c. 1920
    Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships
    Apache 109k Firing salute in May 17, 1923. The celebration is the unveiling of the statue of Alexander Hamilton at the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, DC
    Library of Congress photo No. LC-H234-A-5787
    Mike Green
    Apache 72k 2 October 1930
    Photo caption:
    OVER THE BLUE DEEP
    A view of the American monarch of the air, the Los Angeles flying over Chesapecke Bay during the International 1 Star Class Yacht Races. Directly below the huge airship is the Coast Guard Boat "Apache."

    Chesapeake Bay Press photo (AMCE) 10/2/30
    Tommy Trampp
    USAS Apache
    Apache 67k . Wikipedia
    View the
    Apache history entry located on the Coast Guard Cutter History website

    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Unnumbered Ships Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History