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USRC Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson served both the Revenue Cutter Service and the Ohio Naval Militia

Chase Class Revenue Cutter:

  • Built in 1865 by Mason and Bidwell Shipbuilders, Buffalo, New York
  • Commissioned USRC Andrew Johnson 1 May 1865
  • Placed out of service in May 1897 and sold to Charles E. Benham of Cleveland, OH for use as a Naval Reserve Training Vessel at Cleveland from 1897 to 1898
  • Sold 14 October 1898 to J. H. Walker of Ontario, dismantled and hull reportedly used as dock at Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada.


  • Displacement 500 t.
  • Length 172'
  • Beam 26' 4"
  • Draft 10'
  • Complement 40
  • Armament: None
    1889 - Three 4-pounders, one 30-pounder and two 24 pounders
  • Propulsion: Sail and steam. One walking-beam steam engine, side wheels.
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    Andrew Johnson 32k

    Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 July 31, 1875) was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. He assumed the presidency as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In March, 1867, the Radical Republicans who controlled Congress effected their own plan of Reconstruction, again placing southern states under military rule. They passed laws placing restrictions upon the President. When Johnson allegedly violated one of these, the Tenure of Office Act, by dismissing Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, the House voted eleven articles of impeachment against him. He was tried by the Senate in the spring of 1868 and acquitted by one vote.

    In 1875, Tennessee returned Johnson to the Senate. He died a few months later.

    He is regarded by many historians as one of the worst presidents in American history

    Andrew Johnson 84k Photo from Historical Collections of the Great Lakes John Spivey

    Coast Guard History: The revenue cutter Andrew Johnson, also known as simply Johnson, was commissioned on 1 May 1865 for service on the Great Lakes. She was based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin for her entire government career. She patrolled the waters of the Great Lakes during the navigation season and was laid up during the winter months, usually from late-November until May. She was rebuilt in Manitowoc, Wisconsin in 1879, with two feet being added to her beam. She was placed out of service and sold to Charles E. Benham for $2,250 in May, 1897.

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