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ex-USCGC Miami
ex-USRC Miami

Tampa served the Revenue Cutter Service, the Coast Guard and the U. S. Navy

Sunk 26 September 1918

Unalga Class Revenue Cutter:

  • The first Tampa was built in 1911 as Miami by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 10 February 1912
  • Commissioned USRC Miami 19 August 1912 at Arundel Cove, MD
  • Renamed Tampa 1 February 1916
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Torpedoed and sunk 26 September 1918 by the German submarine UB-91 in the English Channel at approximately 50 40' N., 6 19' W.
  • Struck from the Navy list the date of her sinking.


  • Displacement 1,181 t.
  • Length 190'
  • Beam 32' 6"
  • Draft 14' 1"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: Three 6-pounders
    1917 - Four 3" mounts, two machine guns and two depth charge tracks in 1917)
  • Propulsion: One 1,300ihp triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USRC Miami
    Tampa 24k c. spring 1914
    Probably on ice patrol
    U.S. Coast Guard
    USCGC Tampa
    Tampa 150k Photographed in harbor, prior to World War I
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 1226
    Robert Hurst
    Tampa 114k Moored in a European port (possibly Gibraltar), circa 1917-1918
    Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 106706
    Tampa 154k 23 April 1936
    Memorial plaque to the USCGC Tampa and USCGC Seneca
    National Archives photo 26-G-59-11
    Michael Mohl
    Photo added 12 July 2021

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT Charles A. Satterlee, USCG - Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) and the Purple Heart (1999)1918 - 26 September 1918
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for Tampa
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