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Vixen, 1861


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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.


Sources:

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


Last Modified 11/17/2014