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USRC Crawford (1830)
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A Morris-Taney class Revenue Cutter
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Namesake: William H. Crawford
Builder: Webb and Allen, New York
Commissioned: January 1830
Decommissioned: 1835
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia,
Savannah, Georgia
Fate: sold
General characteristics
Class & type: Schooner
Displacement: 112 tons
Length: 73.4 ft (22.4 m)
Beam: 20.6 ft (6.3 m)
Draught: 9.7 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: wind
Complement: 20-24
Armament: 6-9 pndrs

The United States Revenue Cutter Crawford was the first of the 13 cutters of the Morris-Taney Class to be launched. These cutters were the backbone of the Service for more than a decade. Samuel Humphreys designed these cutters for roles as diverse as fighting pirates, privateers, combating smugglers and operating with naval forces. He designed the vessels on a naval schooner concept. They had Baltimore Clipper lines. The vessels built by Webb and Allen, designed by Isaac Webb, resembled Humphreys' but had one less port.[1]

The Crawford, named for Secretary of the Treasury William H. Crawford, initially was assigned to the Collector of Customs in Norfolk, Virginia. In June 1831, she sailed for duty at Savannah, Georgia, arriving on July 1, 1835. The Government sold her in 1835 for $2,300.

Her sister cutter, first named as USRC Jefferson (commissioned in 1832), was renamed Crawford in 1839.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Crawford, 1830". United States Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Crawford1830.asp. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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