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Calumet, 1894

later-Tioga; WYT-74

Calumet is a peace pipe of the North American Indians; it is also the name of several cities and towns in the United States.

Builder: David Bell, Buffalo, New York

Length: 94' 6"

Beam: 20' 6"

Draft: 9' 6"

Displacement: 190 tons

Cost: $38,500

Commissioned: 18 October 1894

Decommissioned: 14 October 1946

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Compound-reciprocating steam engine; 1 Babcock & Wilcox watertube boiler; single propeller

Performance & Endurance:
        Max: 13 knots (1945)
        Cruising: 11 knots, 225 mile range (1945)

Complement: 14

Armament: None

Cutter History:

Calumet, a harbor cutter, was built at Buffalo, New York, and accepted for service by the Revenue Cutter Service in October 1894.  She was assigned to duty on the Great Lakes and served out of Chicago.  During the Spanish-American War she operated with the Navy, serving as a part of the North Atlantic Squadron, and performing patrol duties along the coast.  After the war she remained in service along the east coast.

Temporarily transferred to the Navy again during World War I she was assigned to the 3d Naval District under the command of Commander, New York Division, United States Coast Guard.  Again she operated on vital coastal patrol duty, guarding against the possible approach of enemy ships. Calumet was returned to the Treasury Department 28 August 1919 and she remained in service out of New York.

Her name was changed to Tioga in 1934.  During World War II, she was assigned to the 5th Naval District.  She was decommissioned on 14 October 1946 and was sold on 22 March 1947.


Donald Canney.  U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

Cutter History File

Robert Scheina.  U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II.  Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1982.

U.S. Coast Guard.  Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard: 1790 - December 31, 1933.  Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934; 1989 (reprint).

Last Modified 1/12/2016