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USRC Louis McLane
ex-USRM Louis McLane
ex-USRM 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 USRM Delaware
  • Renamed Louis McLane in June 1873
  • Transferred to the Navy 12 April 1898
  • Returned to Treasury Department 25 August 1898
  • Sold 23 October 1903 to J. A. Carney 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

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT A. A. Fenfar, RMS21 April 1871 - 3 May 1873
    02CAPT D. B. Hodgsdon, RMS28 May 1873 - 10 May 1875
    03CAPT E. L. Dean, RMS1 June 1875 - 8 December 1877
    04CAPT L. G. Shepard, RMS31 December 1877 - 30 June 1882
    05CAPT C. M. Scammon, RMS2 June 1882 - 5 May 1883
    06CAPT David Evan, RMS21 August 1883 - 3 June 1884
    07CAPT J. A. Henriques, RMS28 June 1884 - 24 October 1885
    08CAPT H. T. Blake, RMS1 April 1886 - 28 July 1886
    09CAPT F. M. Munger, RMS9 March 1889 - 19 March 1890
    10CAPT T. S. Smyth, RMS15 March 1890
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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