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USAS Apache

Call sign:
William - Victor - Love - Charlie

ex-USCGC Apache

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Able - Cast - Boy

Call sign (1919):
George - Vice - Boy - Sail

ex-USRC Apache

Call sign (1912):
Rush - Cast - Pup

ex-USRC Galveston

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

Revenue Cutter:

  • The second Apache was built in 1891 as Galveston by Reeder and Sons, Baltimore, MD
  • Commissioned USRC Galveston 22 August 1891
  • Renamed Apache 30 December 1900
  • Acquired by the Navy in April 1917
  • Commissioned 7 July 1917
  • Struck from the Navy List 17 May 1919
  • Returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919
  • Decommissioned 31 December 1937
  • Reactivated by the Army during World War II and commissioned USAS Apache
  • Converted to a radio transmitter ship in mid-1944 at Sydney, Australia
  • Broadcast General MacArthur's "I have returned" speech 20 October 1944
  • Decommissioned in 1946
  • Scrapped in 1950.


  • Displacement 708 t.
  • Length 185' 3"
  • Beam 29'
  • Draft 9' 3"
    1919 - 10'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 58
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two machine guns (one Y-gun added in 1918)
  • Propulsion: Two single ended boilers, one Compound expansion steam engine, one shaft (replaced in 1904 by one 800hp triple expansion steam engine).
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    Size Image Description Source
    USRC Galveston
    Apache 195k Coast Guard photo Coast Guard History Website
    USCGC Apache
    Apache 166k Coast Guard photo Coast Guard History Website
    Apache 72k Photo from the Coast Guard History website Robert Hurst
    Apache 190k Mariners Museum photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    Apache 180k U.S. Navy photo Jim Kurrasch, Battleship Iowa, Pacific Battleship Center
    Apache 48k c. 1920
    Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Apache 109k Firing salute in May 17, 1923. The celebration is the unveiling of the statue of Alexander Hamilton at the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, DC
    Library of Congress photo No. LC-H234-A-5787
    Mike Green
    Apache 72k 2 October 1930
    Photo caption:
    A view of the American monarch of the air, the Los Angeles flying over Chesapeake Bay during the International 1 Star Class Yacht Races. Directly below the huge airship is the Coast Guard Boat "Apache."

    Chesapeake Bay Press photo (AMCE) 10/2/30
    Tommy Trampp
    USAS Apache
    Apache 67k Wikipedia

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT(T) George C. Alexander, USCG1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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    DANFS History entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website

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