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USRC Mohawk

Call sign (1912):
Rush - Cast - Mike

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

Call sign (Late 1919):
Nan - Unit - Fox - Boy

Mohawk served the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Navy.

Sunk 1 October 1917

Revenue Cutter:

  • Built in 1902 by William R. Trigg, Richmond, VA
  • Commissioned Revenue Cutter Mohawk 10 May 1904
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 April 1917 and commissioned USS Mohawk
  • Struck by the British tanker SS Vennacher 1 October 1917 and sank 10 miles south of Jones Beach and 12.5 miles from Sandy Hook, NJ
  • The salvage rights to her sunken wreck were sold to the H. L. Gotham Corporation, of 15 Park Row in New York City, on 7 February 1921 for $111.00.


  • Displacement 1,150 t.
  • Length 205' 6"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 12' 7"
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement 41
  • Armament: Two 6-pound rapid-fire guns
    1914 - Four 6-pound rapid fire guns
  • Propulsion: Two boilers, one triple-expansion 25", 37" and 56" diameter x 30" stroke steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Mohawk 40k U.S. Coast Guard
    Mohawk 64k Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    Mohawk 62k 1 October 1917
    Ship to the left of Mohawk is probably USS Bridge (AF 1), which attempted to take her under tow.
    Photo by George B. Hanford, USS Mohican (SP 117)
    Bill Graham
    Mohawk 33k 1 October 1917
    Photo by George B. Hanford, USS Mohican (SP 117)
    Mohawk 54k

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT Worth G. Ross, USRCS10 May 1904 - 1 April 1905
    02CAPT Byron L. Reed, USRCS1 April 1905 - 19 October 1908
    03CAPT Stanley M. Landrey, USRCS19 October 1908 - 1 November 1911
    041st LT Joseph H. Crozier, USRCS1 November 1911 - 26 August 1913
    05CAPT Francis S. Van Boskerck, USRCS26 August 1913 - 2 October 1914
    06CAPT James Guy Ballinger, USCG - USNA Class of 18872 October 1916 - when reassigned as Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads, VA
    071st LT Howard Eugene Rideout, USCGReported for duty 20 October 1915 - 1 October 1917
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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