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Scout, 1897

To spy on or explore carefully in order to obtain information; reconnoiter.

Type/Rig/Class: Launch

Builder: ?, Port Townsend, Washington

Length: 65'

Beam: 9' 6"

Draft: 4' 6"

Displacement: 22 tons

Cost: $

Commissioned: 1896

Decommissioned: 1915

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Compound-expansion steam engine

Performance & Endurance:




This small wooden launch patrolled the shoal waters at Port Townsend, Washington.   Her duty was primarily to stop illegal immigrants and the smuggling of opium.  She was sold to the Birch Anderson Towboat Company for $1,020.


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

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