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USRC Snohomish (1908)
USRC Snohomish (RC-16)
The Snohomish, built for service on the North Pacific coast
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Name: Snohomish
Namesake: Native American tribe in Washington State
Owner: United States Coast Guard
Ordered: 1906
Builder: Pusey & Jones, Wilmington, Delaware
Launched: 14 March 1908
Commissioned: 15 November 1908
Decommissioned: 1 December 1934
Fate: Sold 1934, sunk near Saturna Island, British Columbia, 1941[1]
General characteristics
Type: Seagoing tug
Displacement: 880 tons
Length: 152 ft (46 m)
Beam: 29 m (95 ft)
Draft: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 1,200 hp (895 kW) triple expansion steam, 18", 29", 47" x 30" stroke w/ 2 boilers
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) max (1930)
Complement: 7 officers, 46 enlisted
Armament: 1 3"/50 cal. gun (1930)

The USRC Snohomish was a 152 ft (46 m) seagoing tug built at the specific direction of Congress by Pusey & Jones, Wilmington, Delaware for service on the Pacific Northwest coast. She was fitted with latest lifesaving and property saving equipment available at the time of her construction and originally cost $189,000.[2] [3] She was commissioned by the United States Revenue Cutter Service on 15 November 1908 and arrived at her homeport of Neah Bay, Washington by way of passage around Cape Horn in 1909.[1] Snohomish was a regular part of the Bering Sea Patrol and enforced international sealing regulations.[2] Her duties included search and rescue, law enforcement, fisheries patrol, mail delivery to light ships and remote stations, patrolling regattas, and towing disabled vessels.[1] She served her entire career in the Pacific Northwest and was decommissioned and sold 1 December 1934.[2]

See alsoEdit

The Coast Guard commissioned a second vessel, the USCGC Snohomish (WYTM-98) in 1944.[4]


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