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USRC Thomas Corwin

Revenue Cutter:

  • Built in 1876 by Oregon Iron Works, Portland, OR
  • Commissioned 17 July 1877 at San Francisco, CA
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 April 1898
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 15 August 1898
  • Sold 14 February 1900 for $16,500.00 to the Corwin Trading Co. of Boston, MA
  • Acquired by the Pacific Coal and Transportation Co. of Boston
  • Sold in 1913 to Ben Moyses of Seattle, WA
  • Acquired by the Kotzebue Transportation and Trading Co. of Seattle
  • Acquired by the Schubach and Hamilton Steamship Co.
  • Sold in 1916 to Mexican owners and burned in drydock at Salina Cruz, Mexico that same year.


  • Displacement 227 t.
  • Length 140' 7"
  • Beam 24'
  • Draft 10' 10"
  • Speed 11.5 kts. (steam, 12 kts. (sail), 14 kts. (combined)
  • Complement 41
  • Armament: Three mounts (unknown caliber)
  • Propulsion: One inverted cylinder steam engine, one shaft and sail.
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    USRC Thomas Corwin
    Thomas Corwin 22k Robert Hurst
    Thomas Corwin 52k
    Thomas Corwin 32k Thomas Corwin and USRC Woolcott (at left)
    Thomas Corwin 153k Sketch of the U.S. steam cutter Thomas Corwin caught in ice floes in the Bering Sea, off Cape Romanzoff, 16 June 1880
    Engraving by H. H. Nichols after a sketch by Capt. C. L. Hooper, USRM. Photo from Report of the cruise of the U.S. revenue-steamer Corwin in the Arctic ocean. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, C. L. Hooper
    Thomas Corwin 61k View of the U.S. steam cutter Thomas Corwin, in silhouette bow-on, with sea ice to the left and open water in the foreground. The ship is operating under steam, circa 1884
    Photo from "Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the year 1884" by Michael A. Healy, et. al., Government Printing Office, Washington
    Thomas Corwin 676k A contemporary engraving of the U.S. steam cutter Thomas Corwin departure to Alaska, circa 1887 by the Moss Engraving Co., NY
    Photo from Report of the Cruise of the Revenue Marine Steamer Corwin in the Arctic Ocean in the Year 1885, by Captain M. A. Healy, U.S.R.M.
    SS Corwin
    Thomas Corwin 97k Corwin, while serving with the Corwin Trading Co. Robert Hurst
    Thomas Corwin 95k SS Corwin tied up to unload on the sea ice 5 miles offshore from Nome, Alaska, on 1 June 1907
    Photo by F. H. Nowell

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