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Van Buren, 1839

The eighth president of the United States and the names of cities in Maine, Arkansas, Missouri, and Ohio.

Builder: Constructed in Baltimore, MD

Cost:  Unknown

Rig: Unknown

Length: Unknown

Beam: Unknown

Draft: Unknown

Displacement: Unknown

Keel Laid: Unknown

Launched: Unknown

Commissioned: 1839

Decommissioned: Probably early 1847

Disposition: Sold on 1 June 1847 for $1,200.

Complement: Unknown

Armament: "Her initial armament in 1840 were four medium iron nine-pounders made at the Georgetown foundry plus small arms taken off the [Revenue Cutter] McLane when she was laid up and sold.  By 1845, she had four iron carriage twelve-pounders, 12 muskets, 12 carbines, 12 brass pistols, 13 iron pistols."  Information on armaments supplied by MCGM William R. Wells, II, USCG (Ret.).

Cutter History:

Van Buren may have been built to the lines of the revenue cutter Morris. The cutter was ready on 29 November 1839 and her logs began on 23 December 1839. The cutter's original station is unknown, but she was transferred to naval control on 2 August 1841 as the Seminole War went into an offensive stage. The cutter returned to revenue service on 18 August 1842. The cutter was eventually assigned at Charleston, SC until May 1846 when the cutter was ordered to cooperate with the Army and Navy in the war against Mexico. The cutter made one passage to Veracruz, Mexico before being found to be unseaworthy and was sold in New York on 1 June 1847 for $1,200.


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

MCGM William R. Wells, II, USCG (Ret.).

Last Modified 1/12/2016