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USCGC Leader
ex-USS Admiral (SP 541)

Admiral served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard.


  • The second Admiral was built in 1913 by Adams, Boothbay Harbor, ME
  • Acquired by the Navy 1 May 1917
  • Commissioned USS Admiral (SP 541), 31 May 1917
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 21 April 1919
    Coast Guard records indicate that she was transferred in June 1919 at Boston, MA
  • Renamed USCGC Leader 16 December 1919 and stationed at Portsmouth, NH
  • Destroyed by fire 2 April 1920.


  • Displacement 35 t.
  • Length 73'
  • Beam 16'
  • Draft 6' 4"
  • Depth of hold 7' 8"
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement 12
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One 65hp 4-cylinder Standard gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Admiral 88k In port, prior to entering Naval service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99152
    Naval Historical Center
    USS Admiral (SP 541)
    Admiral 97k In harbor with sailors on deck, circa 1918-1919. Many of the men are wearing cartridge belts and holding rifles
    Photo by McDougall & Keefe of Boothbay Harbor, Maine
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105868
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01Boatswain Robert B. Watts, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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