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Vigilant, 1867

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Builder: Fardy and Brother, Baltimore

Length: 110'

Beam: 24' 8 1/4"

Draft: 11'

Displacement: 227 tons

Rig: Topsail schooner

Commissioned: 3 June 1867

Decommissioned: ?

Disposition: ?

Complement: ?

Armament: ?


The Vigilant and her sister-cutter Reliance were built by the Fardy Brothers of Baltimore at a cost of $29,000 each.  They were the last cutters built that were powered only by sail.  The Vigilant was accepted on 3 June 1867 as was ordered to Boston.  She served there until being ordered to Portland, Maine in 1870.  There is no further record of her actions or her ultimate disposition.


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

U.S. Coast Guard. Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard, 1790-December 31, 1933. Washington, DC: GPO, 1934.  Reprinted, 1989.


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