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USRC Morris (1831)
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A Morris-Taney class Revenue Cutter
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Namesake: Robert Morris
Builder: Webb and Allen, New York
Commissioned: 1831
Decommissioned: January 1847
Homeport: Portland, Maine
Key West, Florida
Fate: sold
General characteristics
Class & type: Schooner
Displacement: 112 tons
Length: 73.4 ft (22.4 m)
Beam: 20.6 ft (6.3 m)
Draft: 9.7 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: wind
Complement: 20-24
Armament: 6-9 pounders

The United States Revenue Cutter Morris was one of 13 cutters of the Morris-Taney Class to be launched. Named after Secretaries of the Treasury and Presidents of the United States, 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 Morris, named for a financier of the American Revolution, began her career on a cruise from Maine to Sabine, Texas. On 20 October 1831, she arrived for duty at Portland, Maine. In May 1846, she sailed to Key West to participate in the Mexican War. On 11 October 1846, a hurricane drove Morris ashore three miles northwest of Key West. The following month, the Key West Collector of Customs received instructions to sell the vessel.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Morris, 1831". United States Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Morris_1831.pdf. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 

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