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USRC Forward (1882)
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Builder: Pusey & Jones, Wilmington, Delaware
Cost: $72750
Commissioned: 1882
Decommissioned: 1912
Out of service: 1888-1890 repairs; 1905-1907 repairs
Fate: sold for $4151
General characteristics
Class & type: Topsail schooner/ Brigantine steamer
Displacement: 267 tons
Length: 155'
Beam: 25'
Draft: 7' 6"
Propulsion: 2-cylinder steam engine, 2 screws
Complement: 7 officers, 31 enlisted
Armament: 2 guns of unknown type and caliber

The USRC Forward was a revenue cutter constructed for the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in 1882 by Pusey & Jones shipyard in Wilmington, Delaware. The iron-hulled vessel originally cost $72,750 and was powered by a 2-cylinder steam engine with 2 screws. She was named in honor of Walter Forward, 15th Secretary of the Treasury.

Although the Forward was considered a model ship at the time of its construction, it was severely underpowered and had unreliable machinery. The cost of repairs in the first 15 years of operation was $52000. Her homeport from 1882 to 1887 was Mobile, Alabama where she patrolled the Gulf of Mexico enforcing customs laws and assisting mariners in distress. After undergoing repairs in 1890 she was transferred to Key West, Florida. In 1898, Charleston, South Carolina was homeport until she returned to Key West in 1904. One cruise was made to Havana, Cuba in 1905 and afterwards she returned once more to Key West to serve until decommissioned in 1912.


  • U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935, Donald Canney, Naval Institute Press, 1995, ISBN 1-55750-101-7

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