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USCGC Hudson

Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Dog - Quack

ex-USS Hudson
ex-USRC Hudson

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

Revenue Cutter:

  • The second Hudson was built in 1893 by John H. Dialogue, Camden, NJ
  • Commissioned USRC Hudson 17 August 1893
  • Transferred to the Navy 24 March 1898 and commissioned USS Hudson
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 17 August 1898 at Savannah, GA
  • Transferred to the Navy 6 April 1917
  • Commissioned USS Hudson 2 August 1918
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 August 1919 and returned to the Treasury Department
  • Decommissioned 3 May 1935 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 128 t.
    1919 - 179 t.
  • Length 94' 6¼"
    1919 - 96' 6"
  • Beam 20'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 11
    1919 - 17
  • Armament: Two 6-pounder Driggs-Schroeder rapid fire guns and one Model 1895 Colt automatic machine gun
    1919 - One 1-pounder
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 475hp vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine, one shaft.
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    Hudson 111k At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 21 April 1898
    National Archives photo 19-N-19-21-5
    Robert Hurst
    Hudson 101k At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 21 April 1898 being outfitted for service in the Spanish-American War, which included adding additional armament, armor plating, and a new coat of "war paint"
    U.S. Coast Guard History website
    Hudson 101k
    Hudson 223k c. 1898
    Photo from the collection of Rosalie and Bascom Grooms, Sr., courtesy of Florida keys Public Libraries
    Hudson 53k Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Hudson 408k Photo from a 1917 edition of National Geographic magazine Dan Wilmes
    Hudson 158k USRC Hudson, commanded by [1st LT] Frank Hamilton Newcomb, moves to assist the disabled USS Winslow [TB 5] during the Second Battle of Cárdenas, [Cuba]
    Photo caption: With Newcomb barking orders from the bridge, the company of the cutter USRC Hudson, provides covering fire with their six-pounder guns en route to rescuing the disabled Winslow. Each of the guns fired 145 shells during the action. The cutter was successful in reaching and towing the disabled torpedo boat out of harm’s way
    1989 USCG painting by Doug Ellis, Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard. Image from the The DAYBOOK Vol.14, issue 4. A Publication of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum
    Robert Hurst

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