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USCGC Onondaga (CG 5)

Call sign (Early 1919):
George - Vice - Fox - Mike

Call sign (Late 1919):
Nan - Rush - Oboe

ex-USRC Onondaga

Call sign (1912):
Rush - Cast - Oboe

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

Algonquin Class Revenue Cutter:

  • Built in 1898 by the Globe Iron Works, Cleveland, OH
  • Commissioned USRC Onondaga 24 October 1898
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Onondaga 18 May 1917
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Designated CG-5
  • Decommissioned 5 November 1919 at Baltimore, MD
  • Sold 16 September 1924 to Charles A. Jording of Baltimore for scrap.


  • Displacement 1,190 t.
    1919 - 1,192 t.
  • Length 205' 6"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 13' 2"
    1919 - 17' 11"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 73
    1919 - 81
  • Armament: Four 6-pounders (1915)
  • Propulsion: Four single ended boilers, one 2,000hp vertical triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Onondaga 115k Underway at the 1901 America's Cup races
    Library of Congress photos LC-D4-21669 and LC-D4-21670 from the Detroit Photographic Co.
    Mike Green
    Onondaga 134k
    Onondaga 76k Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    SC-19 262k View of pier area at Naval Experimental Station, New London, Connecticut, circa 1918. Ships present include: USS SC-19, USS SC-238, USS SC-21. The larger ship is probably the revenue
    cutter Onondaga
    Photo by Louis Harder, New London
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 2462
    Mike Green

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