|USS Onondaga (1917)|
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Lake Onondaga and Onondaga County in New York|
|Acquired:||9 April 1917|
|Fate:||Returned to United States Treasury Department for United States Coast Guard service late 1918 after end of World War I; sold for scrapping 1923|
|Notes:||Served in United States Revenue Cutter Service 1898-1915 and in United States Coast Guard 1915-1917 and 1918-1923|
|Type:||United States Coast Guard Cutter|
|Displacement:||1,192 long tons (1,211 t)|
|Length:||205 ft 6 in (62.64 m)|
|Beam:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Draft:||13 ft 2 in (4.01 m)|
|Armament:||4 × 3 in (76 mm) guns|
The United States Revenue Cutter Service cutter USRC Onondaga was built at Cleveland, Ohio in 1898. Upon the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service with the United States Lifesaving Service to create the United States Coast Guard in 1915, Onondaga became a United States Coast Guard Cutter. Until 1917 she was listed as an independent vessel operating out of Savannah, Georgia. Her assigned cruising district extended from Cape Romain, South Carolina, to Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The highlight of her naval service occurred on 20 February 1918, when she rescued the entire crew of the British steamship SS Veturia after she foundered on Diamond Shoals off the North Carolina coast. For acting in the best tradition of the seagoing services, Captain Frederick C. Billard, USCG, commanding officer of the cutter—together with the entire crew—received a commendation on 20 May from the British Admiralty.
At the end of hostilities, Onondaga was returned to the United States Department of the Treasury to resume her Coast Guard service. She resumed patrol and rescue operations out of New London, Connecticut, until 1920, at which time she transferred to Baltimore, Maryland. She continued to operate out of Baltimore until 1923, when she decommissioned and was sold for scrap.
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
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