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Vixen, 1861

A female fox.

Builder: Brown and Bell, New York

Cost:  Unknown

Rig: Schooner

Length: 118'

Beam: 22' 6"

Draft: 12'

Displacement: 240

Keel Laid: Unknown

Launched: 1845

Obtained: from Coast Survey on 31 May 1861

Disposition: Returned to Coast Survey on 15 June 1861

Complement: 41 (USN)

Armament: 2 20-pdrs. (USN)

Cutter History:

Vixen, a side-wheel steamer originally built for the Mexican government, was seized by the United States at the beginning of the war with Mexico. Sold in 1855, she was a Coast Survey vessel when turned over to the Revenue Service in May 1861. Two weeks later she was returned, and she served in the Navy again.


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

Last Modified 1/12/2016