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USRC Taney (1833)
A Morris-Taney class revenue cutter
A Morris-Taney class revenue cutter
Career (U.S. Coast Guard) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Name: USRC Taney
Namesake: Roger B. Taney
Operator: United States Revenue Cutter Service
Builder: Webb & Allen, New York City
Launched: 26 December 1833
Commissioned: January 1834
Decommissioned: January 5, 1858
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Eastport, Maine
Fate: Sold, January 1858
General characteristics
Class & type: Morris-Taney-class cutter
Displacement: 112 tons
Length: 71 ft 1 in (21.67 m)
Beam: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Draft: 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Sail plan: Topsail schooner
Complement: 20-24
Armament: 6 × 12-pounder guns

The United States Revenue Cutter Taney was one of the 13 cutters of the Morris-Taney class. These cutters were the backbone of the Revenue Cutter 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]

Officially the Roger B. Taney, this cutter initially made an inspection tour from Maine to Texas and then sailed to her first duty station at Norfolk, Virginia. Between 1847 and 1850 the cutter served with the Coast Survey. In May 1851 the Taney sailed for Savannah, Georgia. In 1852, after traveling to New York, she capsized. In January 1853, after repairs, she sailed to for duty in Eastport, Maine. The Taney arrived back in Savannah in November 1855. Damage due to a strike by lightning off Tybee Island forced the Government to sell the cutter on 5 January 1858.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Taney (Roger B. Taney), 1834". U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History. 2012. http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Taney_1834.asp. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

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