Security Levels

National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) check current status

U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft Index

The Revenue Steamer Perry

The U.S. Revenue Steamer Perry, circa 1890.



Cutter Information:

What is a cutter?

Cutter Plans & Drawings

Cutters & Craft: A Historical Bibliography

Cutter Nicknames

The First Ten Cutters

"Forerunners of The Cutter Fleet"  an article by RADM Stephen H. Evans, USCG (Ret.), circa 1962.  An important article that explores the justification for and use of revenue 'boats" to secure the revenue prior to Alexander Hamilton's establishment of the Revenue Marine in 1790.

"Small Harbor Cutters & AB Boats," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.)

"U.S. Coast Guard Small Cutters and Patrol Boats 1915 - 2012, Vessels of less than 100-feet in Length," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.).

"Patrol Craft--Major Classes: 100-feet to 150-feet in Length, 1915-2012," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.).

"Coast Guard 'W' [Hull Designations &] Numbers" by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.).

"[Reminiscences] of the Harriet Lane"; an article by Captain of Engineers F. H. Pulsifer, the Chief Engineer of the United States Steam Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane regarding his experiences.  First published in the Journal of the United States Coast Guard Association I, No. 1 (January, February, March, 1917), pp. 28-34.

"Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard, 1790-December 31, 1933"; an important official publication taken from Treasury Department records regarding the movements of all cutters of the Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard through 1933.

A Manual of Coast Guard Vessels: With References to Construction, Equipment, Repairing and Handling.  Washington, DC: USGPO, 1936; an important detailed overview of the cutter fleet.

 "The Accomplishments of Ten Coast Guard [250-foot Lake-Class] Cutters Transferred to the United Kingdom,", prepared by Research and Statistics Section--Operations Division, USCG, 1941--the pre-World War II official histories of USCGCs Cayuga, Champlain, Chelan, Itasca, Mendota, Pontchartrain, Saranac, Sebago, Shoshone & Tahoe.

Cutter & Personnel Losses, Accidents:

Coast Guard Cuttermen killed in the line of duty (1917-Present)

Cutter Accidents

Lost Cutters

Cutter Photo Galleries:

Revenue Cutters, 1790-1900

83-Foot Coast Guard Cutters (83300-83529)

High Endurance Cutters, 1945-2000

Medium Endurance Cutters, 1945-2000

Lighthouse & Buoy Tenders, 1939-2000

Inland & River Tenders

Combat Cutters In Action: A Historic Photo Gallery: The Coast Guard's 327-foot Treasury Class cutters in action during World War II.

"Small Harbor Cutters & AB Boats," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.)

"U.S. Coast Guard Small Cutters and Patrol Boats 1915 - 2012, Vessels of less than 100-feet in Length," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.).

"Patrol Craft--Major Classes: 100-feet to 150-feet in Length, 1915-2012," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.).

Lighthouse & Buoy Tender Information: The Commissioning of CGC Walnut

Sea Going & Coastal Buoy Tenders, 1939-2000: A Historic Photo Gallery

Inland, River & Construction Tenders, 1939-2000: A Historic Photo Gallery

A History of Buoys & Tenders

The Coast Guard At War: Aids To Navigation (Official History Series, Volume XV, 1949).

"U.S. Coast Guard 133-Foot Buoy Tenders": The illustrated HAER Report for the National Park Service on the White-class buoy tenders; the report contains a detailed history of this class of tender, including historic photographs as well as a complete set of plans. (pdf file)

"U.S. Coast Guard 180-Foot Buoy Tenders": The HAER Report for the National Park Service on the 180-foot buoy tenders;  the report contains a detailed history of this class of tender, including historic photographs as well as a complete set of plans. (pdf file).

"U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WLM-212): A Lighthouse Buoy Tender for the Pacific Northwest."  The illustrated National Park Service HAER Report on this historic Coast Guard tender.

"New Construction: The 160-Foot Single Unit Construction Tender," an article by CDR John T. Howell & Mr. Howard Chatterton, Naval Engineering Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, published in Coast Guard Engineer's Digest (Jan-Feb-Mar 1974), pp. 18-20.

Organization and Regulations Manual for 160' Construction Tender, Inland (WLIC), CG-260-9, (1976).

Icebreaker Information:

The icebreaker CGC HealyIcebreakers and the Coast Guard: A History 

Icebreakers: A Historic Photo Gallery

"Revised Memorandum of Agreement Between The Department Of The Navy And The Department Of The Treasury On The Operation Of Icebreakers"; 1965

"Structural Considerations in the Design of the POLAR Class of Coast Guard Icebreakers."  An article by Bruce Barber, Luis Baez and Gary North as presented to the Ship Structure Symposium of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 6-8 October 1975.

"New DP-Capable Icebreaker for the Great Lakes"; an article presented to the Dynamic Positioning Conference, November 15-16, 2005 by James Morrison, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.

"Coast Guard Polar Icebreakers: Past, Present and Future", an article by CDR Thomas Wojahn, Ice Operations Program Manager as published in the Summer of 2007 Coast Guard Proceedings Magazine.

Congressional Research Service Report: "Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background, Issues, and Options for Congress."  February 26, 2008, Report by Ronald O'Rourke, Report # RL34391.  Updated Report, November 3, 2011.

Department of Homeland Security IG Report: "The Coast Guard's Polar Icebreaker Maintenance, Upgrade, and Acquisition Program"; DHS OIG Report # 11-31, January, 2011.

U.S. Coast Guard (COMDT CG-47) Office of Environmental Management Report: Icebreaker: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA (WAGB 11), July, 20111.

Lightship Information:

Lightships

Lifeboats, Surfboats, Small Vessels & Craft Information:

Boat List: Information, manuals, and photography of Life-Saving Service, Revenue Cutter Service & Coast Guard small boats & craft

Small Boat Plans & Drawings

"Small Harbor Cutters & AB Boats," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.)

"U.S. Coast Guard Small Cutters and Patrol Boats 1915 - 2012, Vessels of less than 100-feet in Length," by HMC James T. Flynn, Jr., USNR (Ret.).


Cutter Acquisition, Design, Naval Engineering, Fleet Planning & Operations: Official Documents, Reports & Articles:

 

1790 - 1914:

1907: "Two New Revenue Cutters for Special Purposes [USRCs Snohomish & Seneca]" by Engineer-In-Chief, C. A. McAllister, USRCS. Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers XV (1907), pp. 163-178.

1913: "Functions, Duties, and Organization of the United States Revenue-Cutter Service," as printed in the service's Fiscal Year 1913 Annual Report, pp. 67-83.  This report gives a detailed overview of the service's history, its organizational structure, its missions or "duties", a complete breakdown of the RCS's personnel, and a detailed description of each cutter that was in commission at the time of the report.

1915 - 2000:

1933: A memo from the Commandant, RADM H. G. Hamlet, through the Treasury Department to Harold L. Ickes, the Federal Emergency Administrator of Public Works, describing the "construction and reconditioning projects" the Coast Guard proposed that were to be funded through "emergency public works" during the Great Depression, including the cutter fleet. 

1935: "The New Coast Guard Cutters." Marine Engineering and Shipping Review  40 (1935), pp. 130-133. An article describing the "new" USCGC Escanaba, a 165-foot "A" Class Cruising Cutter, from stem to stern.

1936: A Manual of Coast Guard Vessels: With References to Construction, Equipment, Repairing and Handling.  Washington, DC: USGPO, 1936.

1937: "United States Coast Guard Cutters," by Frederick A. Hunnewell, USCG, Chief Constructor, U.S. Coast Guard, an article published in Volume 45 of the Transactions [of the] Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (1937), pp. 81-114.  In the article the Chief Constructor of the time gives an overview of the cutter fleet, its history, design and engineering specifications, particularly of the 327-foot Treasury Class cutters.

Official Memo regarding the suitability of the 311-foot Casco-Class Navy AVPs for Coast Guard use (WAVPs).

Official Memo regarding the poor characteristics of the 255-Foot Owasco ("Fiasco") Class 255-foot cutters.

"210' Medium Endurance Cutters."  An article by William F. Tighe, Jr., USCG regarding the 210-foot Medium Endurance Reliance-Class Cutters.

1962: "The 82-Foot Class Patrol Boat." An article on the 82-foot Point-Class WPBs by D. L. Green, USCG, as published in The Engineer's Digest, CG-133, Number 133 (March-April 1962), pp. 2-5.

1963: "Naval Engineering: High Endurance Cutter - 1963."  An article by H. E. Russell, USCG, the High Endurance Cutter Project Officer as published in The Engineer's Digest, CG-133, Number 141 (Oct-Nov-Dec 1963),  pp. 37-45.  The article covers the design of the "new" 378-foot Hamilton-Class WHECs.

1965: GAO Report: "Overstated Requirements For Replacement of High-Endurance Vessels." (Report B-114851, 29 January, 1965).

1974: "1974 Cutter Plan," CG-380-4.  A long-range plan written in 1974 and approved in 1975 that "describes requirements for cutters and converts these requirements into a recommended cutter acquisition schedule covering the period 1977-1986."

1974: "Organization and Regulations Manual for High Endurance Cutter (378' Class); CG 260-7; 1974 (with updates through March, 1981; WHEC-725 Jarvis' copy).

1974: "New Construction: The 160-Foot Single Unit Construction Tender," an article by CDR John T. Howell & Mr. Howard Chatterton, Naval Engineering Division, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, published in Coast Guard Engineer's Digest (Jan-Feb-Mar 1974), pp. 18-20.

1976: Organization and Regulations Manual for 160' Construction Tender, Inland (WLIC), CG-260-9; (G-OMR-3/74); 19 March 1976.

1977: "MEC-270: It's time we started talking about this exciting new ship.  It represents a transition from old ways to new."  An article on the 270-foot Medium Endurance Famous-Class cutters, written by Captain R. G. Moore and published in the Mar/Apr 1977 issue of the Alumni Association's The Bulletin (Vol 39, No. 2).

1978: "The Design of the United States Coast Guard 270-Foot Medium Endurance Cutter." Copy of a paper written and presented by Howard A. Chatterton and Thomas Braithwaite at the April, 1978 meeting of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

1988: Command At Sea: Orientation Publication; COMDTPUB P1500.17 (old CG-359); Commandant (G-OCU) publication; dated 5 April 1988.

"Coast Guard Cutter Design, 1941-1990," by Robert E. Johnson and Robert E. Williams, an article that covers the history of cutter design from the World War II-era until 1990.  Published in the Engineer's Digest, Volume 30, Number 248 (Winter 1992), pp. 10-23.

2000 - Present:

2011: U.S. Coast Guard (COMDT CG-47) Office of Environmental Management Historical Context Report: Icebreaker: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA (WAGB 11), July, 20111.

2013: Congressional Research Service Report: "Coast Guard Cutter Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress." July 3, 2013, by Ronald O'Rourke, Report #R42567.


Manuals:

1959: CG-275-1: Organization Manual For Coast Guard Patrol Boats WPB's 82' and 83', August, 1959.

1970: CG-260-5: Organization and Regulations Manual for Medium Endurance Cutters, 12 January 1970 (with amendments).

1974: CG-260-7: Organization and Regulations Manual for High Endurance Cutter (378' Class); 1974 (with updates through March, 1981; WHEC-725 Jarvis' copy).

1976: Organization and Regulations Manual for 160' Construction Tender, Inland (WLIC), CG-260-9; (G-OMR-3/74); 19 March 1976.

1984: COMDTINST M3516.1: WHEC 378 Battle Organization Manual; 31 October 1984.


Miscellaneous:

Cutter / Vessel Painting Regulations

"The History of the 'Racing Stripe' Emblem and Brand Identity for World Sea Services and Coast Guards: The History of the 'Racing Stripe' Emblem and Brand: Part I: The United States Coast Guard," by William H. Thiesen & "Part II: The Rest of the World" by Christian Ostersehlte. Published in Sea History 139 (Summer 2012), pp. 28-33.

Coast Guard Cutter Nicknames

Cutter Accidents

Lost Cutters

What does the "W" in Coast Guard hull designations stand for?  What's a WHEC?  WMEC?

Man Overboard!  "Swept Away & Back Aboard."  Duane, while on convoy duty in the North Atlantic during World War II, lost a crewman overboard.  Read about his amazing rescue.


Download Plug-Ins
Download Plug-Ins: Some of the links on this page require a plug-in to view them. Links to the plug-ins are available below.
Click Here to Download Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF)
Last Modified 10/1/2014