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USRC Louis McLane
ex-USRC Delaware
ex-USS Delaware

Call sign:
Nan - Rush - Fox - Tare

Delaware served both the U. S. Navy and the Revenue Cutter Service

Gunboat/Revenue Cutter:

  • The fourth Delaware was laid down in 1860 as Edenton by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE for the Albemarle Steam Packet Co.
  • Renamed Virginia Dare prior to launching
  • Launched in 1861
  • Acquired by the Navy 14 October 1861
  • Commissioned USS Delaware 12 December 1861
  • Decommissioned 5 August 1865
  • Sold 31 August 1865 to the Treasury Department and commissioned USRC Delaware
  • Renamed Louis McLane in June 1873
  • Sold 23 October 1903 and renamed Louis Dolive
  • Removed from the shipping register in 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 357 t.
  • Length 161'
  • Beam 27'
  • Draft 8' 3"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 65
    Cutter Service - 33
  • Armament: Four 32-pounders
    Cutter Service - One rifled 12-pounder
  • Propulsion: One walking beam side-wheel propelled.
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    Delaware 131k USRC Louis Mclane, photographed sometime during the last decades of the Nineteenth Century
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 96590 courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian
    Robert Hurst

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